This is the spot to discover all of the literature featured in the Person of Interest. The books could be seen in the show or mentioned by the characters.
- It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Finch is seen reading a first edition of this book when he meets with Reese for a breakfast meeting. ("Judgment") Finch later brings a newer edition of the same book for Reese to read while recovering from his gunshot wound. ("Super")
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The book is laying on a table in the apartment where Reese and Elias are hiding from the Russian mob. ("Witness")
- The Ghost in The Machine by Arthur Koestler. Reese picks up this volume from a shelf at the Library and a picture of a younger Finch and Nathan Ingram falls out. ("Number Crunch") ("God Mode")
- Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. One of several books that Finch brings for Reese to read while resting from his gunshot wound. ("Super")
- Top Secret America by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin. ("Super")
- 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann. ("Super")
- World's Best Beers by Ben McFarland ("Super")
- Principles of Criminal Law ("Legacy")
- Hannibal by Thomas Harris. The book is standing on Pete Matheson's desk when Carter and other police officers enter his house and find him dead. ("Root Cause")
- Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove. A book about measuring and focussing on new paths after a massive change or nightmare moment. Finch recites the book title when he and Reese return to the Library after they had to abandon it due to Root's hacking attack. Reese later mentions the same phrase when Fusco informs him about the information he gathered about Finch's past. ("Wolf and Cub")
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu. The book is discussed by Reese and Darren McGrady several times. ("Wolf and Cub")
- A Random Walk down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. Finch wants Reese to read the book in order to get prepared for his cover job at an investment firm. ("Risk")
- The Trial by Franz Kafka. The book discussed by Finch and the impostor Jordan Hester when they meet at the bookstore. Finch is holding the book in the final scene of the episode when Finch says "Good Night Nathan" ("Identity Crisis")
- Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. This book is referenced by a drugged Finch during a phone conversation with Reese. Finch says, "The plot turns on a case of concealed identiy. How Ironic." Several times through out season one, Reese is referenced as "our mutual friend". ("Identity Crisis")
- The poem The Charge of The Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is (mis)-quoted by Reese ("ours is not to reason why"). ("Matsya Nyaya")
- Stress Fractures in Titanium. Reese is reading the book when Harold tells him that there was no new number. ("Many Happy Returns") A reference to the movie "Heat".
- Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky. Reese is perusing this volume as Finch discusses the newest number. ("No Good Deed")
- The family affairs of Sir Thomas Phillipps by A. N. L. Munby. One of the three books that lead Reese to Leon Tao's social security number. ("The Contingency")
- Uncertainty and vagueness in knowledge based systems : numerical methods by Rudolf Kruse. ("The Contingency")
- Reflections on Dr. Swift's letter to Harley : (1712) by John Oldmixon and Arthur Mainwaring. ("The Contingency")
- Ayacucho Quechua grammar and dictionary by Gary John Parker. One of the three books that bring Reese closer to Root. ("The Contingency")
- Deterministic chaos : an introduction by Heinz Georg Schuster. ("The Contingency")
- Camera obscura, de l'idéologie by Sarah Kofman. ("The Contingency")
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. The book Hanna Frey checked out at the library on the night she was abducted. Her friend Sam would send a copy of it to the librarian every year on the anniversary of Hanna's disappearance. ("Bad Code")
- Penal Law of the State of New York. The book Finch suggests Leon to read in case he gets bored. ("Critical")
- The Apocryphal literature; a brief introduction by Charles Cutler Torrey. One of the books that form Special Agent Donnelly's Social Security Number. ("Prisoner's Dilemma")
- Design methods: seeds of human futures by J. Christopher Jones
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. The book where Finch hides an engagement ring for Grace. ("Zero Day")
- Finch uses the name of one of the characters in It Can't Happen Here as an alias later in the episode.
- Jim Caviezel starred in a 2002 production of Count of Monte Cristo.
- Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dicken's last completed novel (1864/65).