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Science Fiction

A guide to the UT Libraries science fiction collection for research and leisure reading.

Science Fiction Search Guide


This guide will get you started with the UT Libraries Catalog. Feel confident with searching? Check out our How to Find Books page.

Step 1:

Follow this link to reach this search page:

A screenshot of the UT Libraries search page.

Step 2:

Enter your search term, hit enter, then make sure “Library Catalog” is selected from the drop down menu on the right. This narrows your search to books we have at the Libraries.

A screenshot of the UT Libraries catalog search. An orange arrow points to the Library Catalog option in a drop down menu.

Your search results should look something like this:

A screenshot of UT Libraries search results.

Be sure to explore the filters on the left side of the page-- they help narrow your search and make finding what you want much easier.

Navigation Tips:

When you click on a book, a page like this one will come up. You can click the arrows to the left to move up or down in the results list. This view shows you the book’s availability, description, location, and more. In this example, you can read this book online or you can request to pick it up at one of our Libraries.

A screenshot of the catalog's record for An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.

Another screenshot of An Unkindness of Ghosts, this time showing information about the book's availability and check out options. Orange arrows point to the headings View Online and Get It.

A third screenshot of An Unkindness of Ghosts, this time showing the book's information such as genre, subject, description, etc.

If you scroll all the way down, you’ll see Virtual Browse. This tool allows you to see what books are next to this one on the shelves– it’s great for browsing and discovering new reads!

A final screenshot of An Unkindness of Ghosts, with an orange circle pointing out the Virtual Browse feature.

Library Use Only?

Sometimes when browsing science fiction books you’ll see a book available at the Harry Ransom Center (HRC):

A detail screenshot of a book available at the Harry Ransom Center. An orange circle appears around the words Item in Place, Library Use Only.

“Library Use Only” means that the book cannot leave the HRC. You can still read it in their Reading Room: just click the HRC Request link, make an account, and follow the instructions they have there.

Found Your Book?

Check out the Find Books in the UT Libraries page to learn more about requesting a book for pick up, finding it on our shelves, or checking out an ebook.

Questions about borrowing? See the Borrow, Renew & Return page on our website.


Carol Pettijohn created new content and updated this page during Summer 2023.

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