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Children's and Young Adult Literature

This guide helps orient users to locating juvenile fiction and non-fiction in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

Special Collections Librarian, Director of Children's Literature Festival

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Maya Kucij
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Where are the kids' books?

  • General Children's and Young Adult Literature is on the 3rd floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library (JCKL) and is divided into Fiction and Non-Fiction. 

    • Fiction is in the northwest corner and Non-Fiction is in the northeast.You can find a map of the Library here.
  • Children's Literature in Special Collections is on 2nd floor of JCKL. These materials are in closed stacks, and can be searched through the Library Catalog. They may be consulted by request.

How do I find them in the catalog?

  • Children's and Young Adult Literature can be found several ways by using the search tools on the Library website.
    • Filter by Location and limit your results to "JE Fiction" or "JE Non-Fiction." 
    • Include "juvenile" in your search, such as "juvenile ducks"
    • Use the Advanced Search option and choose Search for "Children's Collection" from the radio button choices at the top.

How do I find them on the shelf?


Fiction materials are organized by author's last name and start with JE. For example, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: JE FIC Rowlin J. K. 2018pr

Non-Fiction, Biography & Graphic Novels

Non-Fiction items are organized by general subject area, according to the ten main classes of the Dewey Decimal system. All call numbers start with JE (or JE B for Biography) followed by a number. The Biography section is located at the end of the Non-Fiction section (to the right, if you are looking at the East-facing windows). Please note, Graphic Novels (both Fiction and Non-Fiction) are found in the JE741s, are not in the Fiction section!

  • 000 Generalities
  • 100 Philosophy and Psychology
  • 200 Religion
  • 300 Social Science
  • 400 Language
  • 500 Natural Science and Mathematics
  • 600 Technology (Applied Sciences)
  • 700 Arts
  • 800 Literature
  • 900 Geography and History