The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Education and Social Science Library
The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library

Search the Catalog for Books by Topic

The following information will assist you in finding titles and call numbers of books on a given topic. For information about the physical location of a book, please refer to the section on the Location and Organization of the School (S-) Collection.

Juvenile & Young Adult Literature

To search for children's and young adult books in the Online Catalog, choose the "Advanced Search" option. If you are searching for fiction, use "juvenile fiction" as a subject term. For example, if you wanted to find a fiction book about vegetables, search for "juvenile fiction" as a subject on the first line and "vegetables" as a subject on the second.

"Juvenile fiction" - Subject


vegetables - Subject

If you are searching for non-fiction, use the phrase "juvenile literature".

"Juvenile literature" - Subject


vegetables - Subject

Books About Children's Literature

To search for books about literature for children and young adults, use the Online Catalog. Choose the "Advanced Search" option. Enter the term "Children's Literature" as a phrase in the first search line. Enter the subject words for your topic on the second line. As is always the case when searching databases, the key is finding the right term or combination of terms.

A general search that is very useful in exploring topics is:

"Children's literature" - Subject


"History and criticism" - Subject

To search more specifically, include a key word for your topic. For example, if you wanted to find scholarly books about how gender is dealt with in children's literature, search for:

"Children's literature" - Subject


Gender - Keyword

This search results in several hits. Some of these may be useful, others may not. Remember that the key is determining the best search phrase and experimenting with various words. If you are encountering difficulty, you can always Ask a Librarian.


Location and Organization

The most current and most frequently used materials are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL).

S-Collection in SSHEL

All books in the S-Collection have an S in their call number. Further shelving information is as follows:

  • SE. - picture book/easy readerl
  • S.# - non-fiction
  • S.letter - longer fiction
  • SB.letter of subject's last name - biography
  • Reference materials and journals

Most materials in the S-Collection circulate for two weeks. Exceptions include the reference collection, which is non-circulating, and the S-Collection journals, which circulate for 2 hours/students and 24 hours/faculty.

Because of the size of the collection, many materials are located in SSHEL Storage and the SSHEL's remote storage location. The SSHEL's remote storage location is listed in the online catalog as "SSHEL - Oak St Facility (request only)". The online catalog will indicate the location of items.

  • To obtain materials from SSHEL Storage, fill out a red request card (available at the SSHEL Information Services Desk, Circulation desk, or in the S-Collection Room) and give it to the staff member at the SSHEL Information Services Desk. Materials are retrieved from SSHEL Storage every hour on the half hour (9:30, 10:30, etc.) and will be held at the SSHEL Inforamtion Services Desk for up to 48 hours after retrieval.
  • To obtain materials from Oak Street, you need to request them via the Online Catalog by choosing the 'Request' option near the top of the screen. These books are usually available in 2-4 days. You will receive an email notifying you when your books are ready for pickup.

Other Locations

While the S-Collection is the largest and most accessible collection of children's literature on campus, there are several other places where users may find useful materials. The location of any particular item will always be noted in the online catalog so that the user knows where to find the needed books.

  • The Rare Book 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.
  • Some non-English books are held in the Literatures and Languages Library (200 South Main Library) and the International & Area Studies Library (321 Main Library).
  • Juvenile literature related to Abraham Lincoln or the State of Illinois can also be found in the Illinois History and Lincoln Collection (320 Main Library).
  • The Center for Children's Books, which moved from the University of Chicago in 1993, also maintains a non-circulating collection of all books reviewed in their publication, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. The CCB is located in room 24 in the basement of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (501 E. Daniel).
  • The University Laboratory High School Library is part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library system and houses a number of works of young adult literature along with graphic novels and periodicals.

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