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Children's Literature

Children's Literature at UofSC Libraries
Children's books are in the Juvenile Collection of Thomas Cooper Library, the Irvin Dept of Rare Books & Special Collections, the South Caroliniana Library and online.

As you search, keep in mind older children's books might not have any subject terms at all while others may include "juvenile literature," "juvenile fiction" or "juvenile works" to help distinguish them.  The tools on the Selection Aids page of this guide can help you identify books by topic.  Then search Find It@UofSC Libraries.  The Award Winners page has some built in searches of our collections.

After opening these searches, scroll down to see the results. 

  • Use the Location filter > Columbia Cooper-Juvenile to find children's books you can request. Note:  The children's books you can read online through HathiTrust are currently not listed under this location.
  • Select Available Online under the Availability filter to limit to online sources.
  • Add another line to narrow results.  Searching with synonyms on the same line?  Be sure to capitalize OR between the words and phrases on the same line.

Creating your own searches for children's books?  Two strategies to narrow your results

  • Use the Location filter > Columbia Cooper-Juvenile
  • Add "juvenile fiction" OR "juvenile literature" OR "juvenile works" to an Advanced Search

 

Want to find articles and other information aimed at a particular age group?  Use the K-12 databases.

Reading Options
Request books from the circulating stacks, read online through Hathi Trust, make an appointment to view books from special collections and find online books.

 

How to read  "Physical use temporarily unavailable" books through Hathi Trust

 

Once connected to HathiTrust, find the link at the bottom of the page

 

For titles with temporary emergency access because of the pandemic, the next step is "Check Out."  While you are reading, your checkout period may be automatically renewed.

 

When you are done, be nice to the next reader and "Return Early."

 

 

Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
Due to the pandemic, access is by appointment only.  Users are asked to register and request materials in advance.  Details on the department's webpage.

 

Online Books

Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
Due to the pandemic, access is by appointment only.  Users are asked to register and request materials in advance.  Details on the department's webpage.

 

Nearby Collections