The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Using the Collection

Find Books

***The CCB houses a NON-CIRCULATING research collection of children's and young adult books. These books are not allowed to be checked out but may be used within the CCB. A copy machine is available to the public (copies are 10 cents per page).***

Library Catalog

When searching using the UIUC catalog, you may limit the location to the Center for Children's Books.

Call Number Explanation

The CCB does not use some of the call numbers listed in the UIUC catalog. In the CCB, fiction is shelved alphabetically by the authors' last names, not by the University Library assigned call numbers. Nonfiction and biographies are shelved by listed call numbers.

Organization of the Collection

The Center for Children's Books is divided into 11 sections. Detailed information about the organization of these sections is available at the Organization of the Collection page. Please see our map to view the physical layout.

  1. Current Issue
  2. New Books
  3. Fiction
  4. Non-Fiction
  5. Biography
  6. Reference
  7. Folk and Fairy Tales
  8. Class Reserves
  9. Award Winners
  10. Periodicals
  11. Bulletins


Other Locations at UIUC with Children's and Young Adult Books

  1. The Rare Books and Manuscript Library, located in room 346 of the Main Library, maintains the historical (pre-1921) children's collection and all books with moveable parts.
  2. Some non-English books are held in the Literature and Languages Library (Main Library rm. 200 South) and the International and Area Studies Library (Main Library rm. 321).
  3. The School (S) Collection, located in room 106 of the north branch of the Social Science, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL), consists of more than 90,000 catalogued and 40,000 uncatalogued titles of children's and young adult literature. The S-Collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of children's literature in the nation, second only to the Library of Congress.
  4. University Laboratory High School Library (1212 W. Springfield, Urbana, 2nd floor) has approximately 12,000 items, including graphic novels and popular young adult fiction


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Frequently Used Databases

Some recommended databases and tips on using them.

Print Periodicals and Recommended Resources

The CCB houses a growing collection of print periodicals, including: