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Children's Literature Center

Notice: The Children's Literature Center office is closed and its operations have merged with the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. For more information or assistance with antiquarian children's materials, please refer to the Rare Book and Special Collections Division homepage . For more information or assistance with modern children's materials, please refer to the Researcher and Reference Services Division homepage.

About the Collections


The Children's Literature Center is a part of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Digitized Children's Literature

Children's Books Online from the Rare Book and Special Collection's Division

Children's Books Online from the General Collections

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Blog Posts About Rare Children's Books

Hans Christian Andersen: A Billedbog to a Boy

More Blog Posts About Children's Books


Favorite Alphabet Exhibition List (PDF, 272KB)

A Selection of Rare and Special Children's Books Shown on the Occasion of the Children's Literature Center's 50th Anniversary (PDF, 179KB)

Exhibition List
(PDF, 21KB)

The Children's Literature Center assists users in gaining access to all children's materials dispersed throughout the Library. The Library holds between 500,000 and 600,000 children's books and periodicals including maps, visual and audio media and secondary material.

The Ethel and Ira Levine Maurice Sendak Collection (PDF,146 KB)

The Smallest Book in the World
Old King Cole

Little frog and pretty mouse.
Interview with the former
Children's Literature Center Chief

(PDF, 48.5KB)


101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 239
Washington, DC 20540-4740
Telephone: (202) 707-3448

Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
* Final book request at 4:15pm.
Closed Sat/Sun & Federal holidays.

Reader Cards are issued in the
Madison Building (LM-140) and the Jefferson Bulidng (LJ-139)

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Featured Item

Five Articulated Handmade Paper Dolls of Chinese Family and Sets of Official Costumes. Qing Dynasty, ca. 1900.

Pinterest Boards with Rare Children's Book Illustrations

From The Complete Caldcott

Inquiries can be made in person, by letter, phone, or online at Ask a Librarian. Researchers needing assistance are encouraged to make an appointment before their visit.

  The Library of Congress >> Researchers
  February 6, 2023
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