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Leisure Reading and Viewing

Leisure Reading

Leisure Reading photograph of books

Located in the lobby at Central Library

The Leisure Reading Collection contains books and audio books that can be checked out primarily for entertainment, whether you are looking for something to take along on vacation or simply for a break from course readings.

The collection reflects a wide variety of reading interests, to meet the various tastes of Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty. The focus of the collection is fiction best-sellers, graphic novels, and popular fiction genres, such as romance, mystery, fantasy, and sci-fi. The collection also includes a few non-fiction best-selling books--in such areas as business, science, sports, entertainment, history, economics, me social affairs, and biography.

The Basics

Arrangement. The books are arranged in alphabetical order by the authors' last names. The audio books follow the books and are also arranged by the author’s last name.

Check the Library Catalog. Although the collection is arranged for easy browsing, check the Library Catalog to see if we have books by favorite authors. A book may be checked out or it may be in the regular circulating collection.

2-Week Checkout. Due to the high demand for these titles, the circulation period is limited to 2 weeks. Items may be renewed one time if no other patron recalled them.

Suggest a Title

You are welcome to offer suggestions for additions to this collection using the Ask a Librarian form. Please mention that you're making a request for Leisure Reading, and provide the title of the book, the author's name, and any additional information you have that would help us identify the book. Though it is not possible to acquire every book suggested by patrons, we will give your suggestion priority consideration.

Leisure Viewing

Leisure Viewing is a selection of current releases and popular movies selected specifically for entertainment viewing. Please feel free to browse the collection (on the main floor of Central just behind the computer workstation area) and borrow any DVDs you see (up to five at a time).

Popular Magazines

The library subscribes to popular magazines through the Flipster platform. Using your iPhone/iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire you can download an entire issue, which will expire after seven days.

Titles Available

  • The Atlantic
  • Consumer Reports
  • Consumer Reports Buying Guide
  • The New York Review of Books
  • The New Yorker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Time

For access, search for the title in the Library Catalog or the Journals Locator and then select the Flipster platform link from the Findit@VU menu.


  1. Download the Flipster app through iTunes or Google Play. (Instructions for Kindle Fire)
  2. Use a browser to access the magazine through the Library website.
  3. Select "Open in App."
  4. See the vendor's Flipster Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf) for more details.