The Children's Literature Center assists users in gaining access to
all children's materials dispersed throughout the Library. The Library
holds approximately 500,000 children's books and related items, such
as boxed and board games, sound recordings, maps, and illustrations.
The books, and all other materials, can be searched and in many cases
retrieved by accessing the
Library's online catalog.
Children's books are grouped together in the PZ section of the general
collection, for here are housed fiction, poetry, and folklore in English
and some European languages. However, nonfiction children's books are
shelved in their respective subject areas. In short, children's materials
are scattered throughout the Library's complex collections of more
than 130 million items.
For example, non-English language children's books
are housed in the respective language divisions; maps for children
are held by the Geography
and Map Reading Room; bound children's periodicals are shelved
in the general collection and more recent unbound periodicals are
in the Newspaper and Current Periodical
Reading Room; rare children's books are housed in the Rare
Book and Special Collections Reading Room; children's books with
musical scores can be found in the Performing
Arts Reading Room; original children's book art is in the Prints
and Photographs Reading Room; children's books in Braille are
held by the National Library Service
for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; and television programs
for children are in the Motion
Picture and Television Reading Room.