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Want to browse the fiction shelves at UC Libraries?

Each library has a different collection of fiction.
The Central Library has the widest range of fiction, with historical and contemporary fiction from around the world. It is also has a detective fiction collection (formerly at the Law Library).
The Education Library houses young adult and junior fiction, as well as an array of picture books.
The EPS Library has a science fiction collection.
The Macmillan Brown Library has a collection of New Zealand and Pacific fiction which can be read only within the library, but also a small collection of borrowable fiction from Māori authors.

To find out how to browse our collections, select the relevant library from the dropdown menu.

Fiction at the Education Library

What: Picture books (PB), junior fiction (JFIC), young adult books (YFIC).
Where: Level 1
The Education Library's fiction books are organised by the author's last name. So, if you are looking for J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, you'll find them under ROW in the JFIC collection.

Fiction at the EPS Library

What: Science Fiction
Where: Level 2
The EPS Library's fiction books are organised by the author's last name. So if you are looking for Arthur Clarke's books, you'll find them under CLA in the Science Fiction collection.

Fiction at the Central Library

What: Contemporary and classic fiction from a range of countries
Where: Level 4 of the Puaka-James Hight building
The Central Library's fiction books are organised according to the Library of Congress classification. Books are assigned a call number based on the author's nationality. Below are the call ranges for a variety of nations' fiction. By going to the shelving for these ranges on Level 4, you will be able to browse the shelves.

Russian Fiction

PG 3475-3505

Japanese Fiction

PL 752-889

Chinese Fiction

PL 2450-3208

French Fiction

PQ 2600-2726

Spanish Fiction

PQ 6600-6726

British Fiction

PR 6000-6126

Canadian Fiction

PR 9100-9299

Australian Fiction

PR 9400-9499

New Zealand Fiction

PR 9500-9599

South African Fiction

PR 9805-39824.3

American Fiction

PS 3500-3626

German Fiction

PT 2600-2728

This list is by no means exhaustive! If you wish to browse another nation's literature, ask for assistance at the Information Desk.

What: Detective Fiction
Where: Level 4
The Detective Fiction Collection books are organised by the author's last name. So if you are looking for Lee Child's books, you'll find them under CHI in the Detective Fiction collection.

Fiction at the Macmillan Brown Library

What: New Zealand and Pacific Fiction
Where: Aotearoa Room or Library Use Only Collection
There is a small collection of fiction by Māori authors (eg. Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace, Hone Tuwhare) in the Aotearoa Room available for lending. The rest of the fiction in the Macmillan Brown Library is for library use only. Please note that this collection is not accessible for browsing. To access these items, please request specific items through the catalogue and visit the service desk to access them.


The Library has a small but growing collection of fiction e-books. The best way to find these is by using MultiSearch and limiting your search to items available online. Library staff at the Information Desks of any of the UC Libraries can assist you with with such searches.

For more information about accessing e-books, see Finding and using e-books

Selected Titles - New Fiction

Leap of faith
By Jenny,1936- Pattrick

"Billy is a young, impressionable dreamer. In 1907, he strikes off on his own, keen to prove himself an able worker on the new railroad. It's being cut through steep mountainsides and across deep gullies to join the two ends of the Main Trunk Line. Also drawn to the remote worker settlements are miners from Denniston, young men fresh off the boat, sly-groggers, temperance campaigners, women following their menfolk, local Maori and a varied assortment of people after a new life or a quick buck. Among them is a preacher, Gabriel Locke, who is running from a shady past and determined to avoid the daily grind. With untimely and suspicious deaths, the horrendous weather, impossible deadlines, the rugged landscape and a blossoming romance, it will take a lot more than a leap of faith for this disparate group to complete the railroad and build the magnificent Makatote viaduct ..."--Publisher's website.

The severed land
By Maurice Gee

"From the high reaches of a tree, Fliss watches the soldiers attempting yet again to break through the invisible wall. Amid the explosions, a drummer boy tries to escape. As he is about to be shot, Fliss reaches through the wall and pulls him to safety. But Fliss is dismayed to find she has saved an overfed rich boy. She is even more dismayed to learn that she must accompany him back through the wall on a special mission to rescue the Nightingale. The world they have to travel through is a perilous one, full of predatory thieves, slave masters, beggars, dippers, mudlarks, drain-sliders, spies and wall-men. It is a world where the ruling families are caught up in a lethal power struggle. Will Fliss and the despised drummer boy learn to trust each other? Who is the Nightingale? And will they all make it back alive?"--Publisher information.

By Alexandra,1969- Tidswell

"Martha Grimm has a sorrowful secret, and her daughter Mary Ann is the only other person in New Zealand who knows it. Growing up dirt-poor in Willoughby, Warwickshire, in 1814, Martha dared to imagine a different life. Now she is a wealthy and respectable Wellington settler half a world away. But the cost has been high. Martha cannot speak of the past nor the people she left behind. Lewisville is a novel based on true events. It is a story of one woman's ambition, of escape and reinvention, and the bittersweet consequences of achieving one's dreams"--Back cover.

Ghost story
By Peter,1943- Straub

Afternoon :a story
By Michael,1945- Joyce

"A classic of electronic fiction, afternoon is required reading. Complex and richly imagined, this is the story of Peter, a technical writer who (in one reading) begins his afternoon with a terrible suspicion that the wrecked car he saw hours earlier might have belonged to his former wife. afternoon is a rich and lyrical exploration of the tangled strands of knowing and memory, the interconnections that bind and unravel the intersecting lives of its postmodern characters"--Publisher website.

By Jenny,1936- Pattrick

"The little French girl, Lily Alouette, was singing and dancing almost as soon as she could walk, and performing became as much a part of her as breathing. When she is left an orphan in an unfamiliar country after her parents have emigrated to the goldfields, it is performing in a circus that offers survival. Later she takes to the stage in New Zealand and Australia, which is where she attracts the attention of two men. One is the faithful Jack Lacey; the other is the renowned pirate Bully Hayes. While Jack has to compete with both Bully and the theatre to win Lily's attention, Lily finds she must share Jack, too"--Back cover.

East of Eden
By Mary Gladwin