Books at the Provo library (as you may know) are divided up into fiction and nonfiction, and then fiction is further subdivided into general, mystery, romance, and sci-fi. Ideally, this categorization makes it easier to browse and find books. Sometimes, however, it’s hard to decide where a given title or subgenre should be. I’ve composed a short guide for the dedicated literature quester to help track their quarry down in the stacks.


Despite the name of this collection, the vast majority of the works contained therein are actually some variant of fantasy. Another name for this collection type is speculative fiction; whether science or magic, the idea is to picture a world fundamentally different from our own in some way. In our collection, in addition to the many subgenres, we actually have a unique classification for Star Wars, Star Trek, and the Forgotten Realms books.

Here you'll find: 

  • Epic Fantasy
  • Military Science Fiction
  • Dystopia/ Post-apocalyptic
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Women’s Fantasy

It’s ok for love to be in the air, just as long as our books aren’t! Most stories have romantic elements or sub-plots, but our romance collection reserves its space for those books where love stories and romance are the main focus of the story. Our romances therefore are almost a slice of every genre, since a love story can take place within the backdrop of deep space, a cooking mystery or anything between.

Some of our more popular subgenres are:

  • Regency romance
  • LDS romance

“If there was a problem, yo, I'll solve it! Check out the [book] while my DJ revolves it!” Even Vanilla Ice is into our mystery section. From the classics to the culinary mystery trend, our collection strives to cover all the bases. See if you can find one of each:

  • Animal sleuths (cats & dogs)
  • Christian Mysteries
  • the Classics
  • the Cozy
  • Crafting: antiquing, knitting, flower shops, etc.
  • the Culinary
  • the English Mystery
  • the Historical Mystery
  • Noir Crime
  • Paranormal Mysteries
  • Police Procedurals
  • Senior Sleuths
  • the Whodunit

By far the largest collection, our general fiction section can seem eclectic. I promise though, there is a method to our madness. The nature of general fiction stems largely from its purpose as a home for genres out of place in other collections; hence you will find:

  • Horror
  • Thrillers
  • Chick Lit
  • Historical Fiction
  • Inspirational Fiction
  • Westerns
  • Classic Literature
  • Mixed and indeterminate genres 

Two collections we haven’t discussed are the young adult and the Spanish sections. We work very hard to maintain and expand these sections, but we don’t segregate genres within them. Both collections do have a new books display, and you should definitely check them out! 

Happy hunting!

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