Children's Literature Research Collection

1901 Vine Street, Room 213
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE RESEARCH COLLECTION

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Children’s Literature Research Collection (CLRC) is one of the premier centers for the study of children’s literature in the United States. The Collection houses over 85,000 works of children’s literature and an archive of original artwork, manuscripts, and ephemera. The Children’s Literature Research Collection promotes the history, study, and development of children’s literature. CLRC engages the public about the importance of children’s literature in history and culture; expands the knowledge base of library patrons through research support; and fosters new ideas through displays and exhibitions. 


PLANNING YOUR RESEARCH VISIT

Materials in the Children's Literature Research Collection are free to access, however an appointment is required. Please note: materials in this Collection are non-circulating.

To learn more about booking an appoitment, follow this link: 

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PLANNING YOUR GROUP VISIT

We welcome visits from schools, universities, and community organizations. We offer specialized appointments based upon the strengths of our collections. Instructors and group leaders are invited to schedule an appointment prior to the class visit in order to select items for their group to explore.

To learn more about booking an appointment, follow this link:

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CHILDREN'S LITERATURE RESEARCH COLLECTION - SUBCOLLECTIONS

The Children's Literature Research Collection is divided into several areas of interest. To Learn more about our holdings, follow this link: 


RESEARCH SUPPORT

Your research needs may take you beyond our collection’s holdings.  We suggest visiting the following links depending on your area of interest or study:


SUPPORT THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE RESEARCH COLLECTION

Please consider supporting the Children's Literature Research Collection. We depend on financial support to add new acquisitions to the collection, mount exhibitions, and care for the collection.