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Do popular reading materials belong in college and university libraries? Although some librarians think not, others believe there are compelling reasons for including them. The trend towards user-focused libraries, the importance of attracting patrons to libraries in the age of the Internet, and, most importantly, the need to promote literacy at a time when it has reached its lowest levels are all reasons why academic librarians are reconsidering their ideas about popular reading materials. Librarians who decide to implement a leisure reading collection should consider a number of key issues.


This is the author’s version of an article that was originally published in College and Undergraduate Libraries, 17(1): 44-64. © 2010 Taylor and Francis. College and Undergraduate Libraries is available online at