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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.

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.
    • First, select Advanced Search to the right of the main search bar

advanced search button on library catalog

  • Next, select Children's Collection from the radio button options. In the search field below, type a subject or title within the Children's Collection.

childrens collection option with search term

You can also search the collection with the main search bar. When using that search:

  • Include "juvenile" in your search, such as "juvenile ducks"
  • Use the filter bar and filter by
    • Location and limit to 3rd Floor JE Fiction or 3rd Floor JE Nonfiction
    • Resource Type and limit to Books
    • Availability and limit to Available physically

library catalog filters for physical juvenile materials

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

Syndetics Unbound

Syndetics Unbound is a discovery layer in the library catalog to let you browse for similar titles. It presents virtual book displays, tags, review and award information about titles in our catalog and allows you to filter results according to your needs. 

Step 1: Search the main catalog for any book title, subject, or other keyword. Click on any "Available" link for an item to pull up the result.

step one, click on an available book in the library catalog

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of that catalog result. Here, you'll see a list of Syndetics Unbound options, including Summary, Reviews, Awards, Tags, Reading Levels, and more.

scroll all the way down on a book result to view syndetics buttons.

Step 3: Click on any of the Syndetics links and then click the X to the left to view the content. This will take you away from the result itself, but you can close the Syndetics window to return.

click a tag or feature and then click x to view