Our mystery and detective fiction collection has been honored with a Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The collection includes many full runs of works by mystery writers and many out-of-print mysteries not available elsewhere. READ MORE

Literary Fiction

Our circulating literary fiction collection includes a wide range of classic and contemporary fiction, from both independent presses as well as large publishers. Each year, the Library adds about 1,000 new fiction titles. READ MORE


Our nonfiction collection contains a selection of nonfiction books related to the art of fiction, including titles in literary criticism, biography, and books on reading and writing. READ MORE

About Our Collection

Our circulating collection includes over 85,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles and related nonfiction, literary journals, newspapers, and magazines. Members have access to almost all new fiction immediately, with no waiting lists.

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Our Online Catalog

Our online catalog of books makes browsing from home simple and efficient. Plot summaries, book reviews, and author profiles are available here as well. You can create an account and keep track of your checked out books remotely. READ MORE

Special Collections



The Proust Collection: As the home of the Proust Society of America, The Center for Fiction holds a growing collecton of books written by and about French author Marcel Proust. This is a circulating collection located in the Shattuck Archive on the 6th floor.


The Center offers a range of Proust lectures, events, and reading groups. Click here to find out more.



The Roger Shattuck Collection: Roger Shattuck was a distinguished scholar, writer and literary critic. He was also a Proust scholar. The Center for Fiction has been given his personal library which contains his books, letters to colleagues, editors and other writers as well as some early manuscripts. Examples can be viewed in the display case in the Shattuck Archive on the 6th floor. The collection is reference only but can be viewed by appointment with the Head Librarian.


Meet Our New Librarian 

Allison Escoto!

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All memberships at The Center include book-borrowing privileges at our library and access to our comfortable and quiet second floor reading room. Discounts for all classes, reading groups, books, and merchandise are available for members as well.