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Graphic Novels and Comics

Tips on Searching

Finding graphic novels in the Library's Catalog (OneSearch) is not as straightforward as one would hope. Before moving forward, please visit the OneSearch guide if you need to become more familiar with OneSearch.

Even though graphic novels and comic books are a unique format, they are cataloged using Subject Headings and Genre Terms. An advance search on OneSearch is required to find graphic novels in the collection. 

When conducting a search be sure to include Subject Heading comic books, strips, etc. and/or graphic novels to find books in the format.


screenshot of the OneSearch advance search box


This will help narrow down your search, but be aware that subjects comic books, strips, etc. and graphic novels are also included in books about comic books and graphic novels.

Featured Collections

Library collections that include graphic novels in their catalog:

Books at Other Libraries

Didn't find an item you were looking for? The Henry Madden Library offers two options for requesting materials from another library:


  • Find and request books and media from all 23 CSU libraries. 
  • Select the CSU+ Books and Media collection in OneSearch to find and request materials

Interlibrary Loan

  • Request articles and books not in CSU+ (not textbooks) through interlibrary loan
  • To request an item, log into your interlibrary loan account, and fill out a new request form

Visit the library's website for more information on borrowing from other libraries.

Public Library

Don't forget about your public library!

The Fresno County Public Library has graphic novels and manga in their catalog, which includes popular series such as Harley Quinn, Captain Marvel, and My Hero Academia.