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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature


Can I check books out of your collection?

As a research collection, it is a standard practice not to circulate materials. The Gift Agreement, signed by the late Arne Nixon in 1995, reflects this practice, stating that the collection will not circulate.

Can I make photocopies of your materials?

In many cases copies can be made. If the materials are not too fragile, the staff will make copies for you. Scans may also be available. It is up to the staff to decide which materials physically may be copied. It is up to the patron to observe copyright law.

What is the oldest book in the collection?

Les Chats by F.A. Moncrif, published in Paris by Chez Gabriel-François Quillau, 1727. It was donated as part of the Helen Monnette Amestoy Collection of Books on Cats.

Can you appraise the value of my old children's books?

No, but we can suggest ways for you to look up values, by searching databases or by contacting representatives of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.

How do I donate children's books to the Center?

The Center has received many wonderful books as donations. Please call (559) 278-8116 or send e-mail to to discuss what is offered or needed. When you donate materials, you will be asked to sign a Deed of Gift. This acknowledges that the gift is absolute and irrevocable and that the location, retention, cataloging, and preservation of the materials is at the discretion of the Library in accordance with institutional policy. The staff will send you a thank you letter acknowledging the number of books donated but the staff cannot assign a monetary value to the donation. Larger donations will be recognized in the Center's newsletter.

How can I support the Arne Nixon Center?

By joining ANCA, the Arne Nixon Center Advocates, by giving gift memberships, by making a monetary donation, by including the Arne Nixon Center in your will, by attending the Center's conferences and programs, by volunteering, and by helping the Center to reach others who may have an interest in children's and young adult literature.