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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature




The Center welcomes anyone interested in literature for young people. All materials are available for examination. While children under adult supervision are welcomed as individuals, the collection is intended for use by adults. The Center serves students, faculty, scholars, authors, illustrators, translators, collectors, critics, readers, and fans from a variety of disciplines, including English, education, library science, art, storytelling, history, sociology, women's studies, multicultural studies, and American studies.

Access to Materials

Most materials can be found through the Library's online catalog. Most, but not all, of the Center's materials are catalogued; if you don't find what you are looking for in the catalog, do ask.

Arne Nixon materials are for reference use only; they may not be checked out or removed from the reading room. Sometimes the Teacher Resource Center collection located on the third floor of the north wing has duplicate copies of books available for checkout.

Using the Collection


Please present your campus ID card or other identification for the staff to hold while you are working in the Center. Sign in on the form provided, listing your name, address and reason for visit. This information is confidential; it will be used for our statistics or for future contact with you if needed. After signing in, please fill out a request form recording the title and author of the item(s) you need. The staff will find the requested items and bring them to you at the reading room tables.

It is preferred that patrons use only pencils, notebooks, and laptops in the reading area. If you do not have a pencil we will lend you one. Personal belongings may be placed in one of the reading room lockers. A key for the locker can be issued to you for the length of your research session but must be returned when you leave. Computers and research tables with electronic connections are available for you to use in the Center.

If you have any questions, please ask. We're here to help!

Independent Study Projects

The Center seeks students, at the graduate or undergraduate level, to do research with the possibility of publishing results. The Curator will work with professors and students to plan independent study projects of mutual benefit. A list of suggested research projects, based on strengths of the Center's collection, may be found at our LibGuides page.