Every year, two entities of the American Library Association—the American Association of School Librarians and the Public Library Association—recommend books published by university presses for school and public library collections. Some selections that appear on the 2008 bibliography:
- The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi: Detective Stories of Old Edo (Kido Okamoto, University of Hawai'i Press). Said to be the work that began the historical detective genre in Japan.
- Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders (William R. Drennan, University of Wisconsin/Terrace Books). Account of the rampage that killed Wright's lover and several others in 1914.
- Dr. Joe Bell, Model for Sherlock Holmes (Ely M. Liebow, University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press). A biography of a former professor of Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Sherlock in Shanghai: Stories of Crime and Detection (Timothy C. Wong, University of Hawai'i Press). A translation of the work of Xiaoqing Cheng, creator of the Chinese counterparts to Holmes and Watson, Huo Sang and Bao Lang.