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Finding Juvenile Materials

Find Books in the Juvenile Collection

How it is Arranged?

The Juvenile Collection (also known as the Kids Books or the Children’s Collection) is actually two collections in one.  What they have in common is:

  • They contain books for pre-K through 12.
  • There is no breakdown on the shelves by age group.

The two collections are called:

Juvenile, which is the location given in the brief catalog record below:


The Juvenile collections contains non-fiction books, such a books about animals, biographies, as well as counting books and alphabet books.  It is arranged by Dewey Decimal call numbers.

Juvenile Fiction, which is the location given in the brief catalog record below:


The Juvenile Fiction contains what its name suggests, fiction.  It is arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.

How Do I Find Juvenile Books in the Online Catalog?

There are three tricks to finding fiction books (and sometimes non-fiction books) using the catalog.  Let’s suppose you are looking for books on frogs.  Here are two ways to find juvenile books on frogs:

  • Do a keyword search for frogs, but limit your search to the juvenile collection only. Your search would look something like this:


  • Do a subject search for frogs and use the phrase juvenile literature (to find mostly non-fiction books) or juvenile fiction (to find fiction books)




  • You may also search what the catalog calls genre/form using a keyword search.  The most common genre/form searches in the juvenile collection are for: picture books for children, board books, and stories without words.  This last one may retrieve items from the main collection or the fiction collection, so be sure to limit this search to the juvenile collection.




A Note About Finding Age Appropriate Books

As noted above, neither juvenile collection is broken down by age group.  But a look at the number of pages in a book will give you a quick, if not totally accurate, idea.  Books to be read to young children will generally say something like “1 v. (unpaged).”  Books for beginning readers will generally be somewhere around 32 pages.  Books for more advanced readers or for young adults will contain far more pages.