Using the Collection

The CCB houses a non-circulating research collection of children’s and young adult books. Our emphasis is on books written in the last 5-7 years, titles with historical significance, and storytelling resources, all in conjunction with The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books. We have many of the titles required for youth services courses at The School of Information Sciences, which we keep in a course reserve that is updated each semester. Our books are not allowed to be checked out but may be used within the CCB, with the exception of books for a single course period in exchange for your student ID or another form of identification. A copy machine is available to the public for 10 cents per page.

Finding Books | Finding Articles

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Library Catalog

When searching using the UIUC catalog, you may limit the location to the Center for Children’s Books. Please note that if a book is listed as “in process,” it is already available for use at the CCB. It may also take some time for recently published titles to appear in the catalog; if you are searching for a book but do not find it in the catalog, please feel free to call us at 217-244-9331 to see if we have a copy in our collection.

Call Numbers

The CCB does not use some of the call numbers listed in the UIUC catalog.

  • All books received by the Center in the past 12 months are kept in New Books at the front of the library.
  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and Biographies are shelved alphabetically by the authors’ last names in our general collection, not by the University Library assigned call numbers. Nonfiction books are marked with a light blue sticker. Biographies are marked with a purple sticker.
  • Reference is shelved by listed call numbers and are marked with a red sticker.
  • Graphic novels are shelved in a separate section. They are marked with a green sticker.

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.


Finding Articles

If you have a University of Illinois NetID, you have access to numerous print and online resources through the University Library. You can search for specific articles or journals, or search by topic across a range of resources, using the EasySearch tool on the University Library website. To find specific Bulletin reviews, search for “Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books” in the Journals tab of EasySearch, then use the Search Journal tab in Project MUSE.

In addition to the available online resources, the CCB houses a growing collection of print periodicals:

Review Journals

Scholarly Journals

School Library Professional Journals