The 21,000 volume I.U. Children's Literature Collection is a selective group of children's and young adult literature housed in the Education Library and the ALF. The collection supports the curriculum of children's and young adult literature classes in the School of Education, Information and Library Science Program, and the English Department. It is available to and is used by students, staff, faculty and Indiana residents.
Picture, chapter, poetry and non-fiction books are included in the collections. We primarily purchase award winners (i.e. Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King Awards) and books from published lists (i.e. ALA Notable Children's Books or ALA Great Graphic Novels).
Two genre strengths are the fairytale collection (approximately 700 volumes) and biographies of historical and popular figures (approximately 900 volumes).
Most of the books in the collection are in the English language and published in the United States. Current purchasing is limited to new books published in English as well as retrospective purchasing for titles that we've overlooked in the past or have been well-loved by our patrons.
We also purchase print copies of periodicals for children.
Education Library Teaching Materials Collection
This collection includes children's videos, audio tapes, and manipulatives.
Lilly Library Children's Literature Collection
The Lilly Library holds nearly 10,000 children's books, most of them from the Elisabeth Ball collection.