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Popular Reading

Browse our popular reading collections for the latest bestsellers, zines, and graphic novels.

Braxton Collection

image of the Braxton Popular Reading collection

Looking to unwind with the latest bestseller? Browse our Braxton Popular Reading collection, located on Mudd 2nd floor near the Services Desk. This collection was established in memory of former library staff member, Henrietta Braxton, and contains a selection of current, popular literature. Since the library rents this collection, the selection of book titles available regularly changes. Be sure to check the collection often, to see what new titles are available.

All items in this collection are due 10/30/2020 and cannot be renewed.

Why are these items due and ineligible for renewal?  The items in this collection are not owned by the library but are instead part of a rental service. Because we have not been able to replenish the collection in the last 6 months, we are ending the Library’s rotating print rental agreement until the Library and colleges reopen. Once we are all able to return to campus, we will once again be offering a selective print popular reading collection. In the meantime, if you have interest in other popular titles, we encourage you to use your local public library, many of which are offering curbside pick-up and/or a much larger selection of popular e-books than we can provide.

Graphic Novels

Our graphic novels and comics collection is designed to support both curricular needs and leisure reading. We are building the collection in collaboration with faculty who teach graphic novels as well as students in C3: Claremont Comicbook Community.

Browse our collection of graphic novels and comics on Mudd 2nd floor near the Services Desk, or check them out to take home.


Zines are a platform for those whose voices are often marginalized by mainstream publishing and are generally limited-distribution, self-published works.

Our growing collection of zines focuses primarily on work by people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and Claremont Colleges students. In addition to donations and purchases made at local zine fests, we collaborate with students in Professor Todd Honma’s course “Zines, Creativity, and Community” (ASAM 105 PZ) to select new zines for the collection.

You can browse zines on Mudd 2nd floor and check them out to take home.

To donate your zine to the collection, contact the librarian who oversees the collection, Kendra Macomber.