Children's Literature Research Collection

Monday, March 12 – Message from Staff

The majority of materials housed in the Children's Literature Research Collection are housed off-site.  To make an appointment to view these materials, please contact us at clrc@freelibrary.org.  

1901 Vine Street, Room 213
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open today 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
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Upcoming Events

Scary Clowns and Dancing Veggies: The Complicated History of "The Magic Basket"

Sat, May 11, 2024 10:00 A.M.

Join the Children's Literature Research Collection for an in-depth discussion of The Magic Basket , a marionette play produced by the Pittsburgh branch of the Museum Extension Project of…

Into the Night

Now through Sat, June 22, 2024 5:00 P.M.

After the sun sets, celestial bodies—like the moon and stars—fill the night sky, while cities glow with an array of artificial light. The night is a time when nocturnal…

Spotlight: Objects from Special Collections

Now through Sat, June 22, 2024 5:00 P.M.

Curators and library staff actively work to acquire special collections materials for the Free Library; sometimes items are purchased, some are donated, and occasionally they are transferred from…

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:

Due to ongoing server security issues, some international emails may not reach us. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have an international email address, utilize the “Ask a Librarian” feature on our website. Please note these responses may be delayed.


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.