Maybe you’ve noticed the colorful, newly revamped area on the Library’s 2nd floor, the Children’s Collection? Perhaps you even attended the Grand Opening of this area on September 15th. This part of the Library contains children’s books, music CD’s, teaching materials, and even K-12 textbooks. It’s a wonderful resource for students studying to be teachers, but is open to all students, community members, and university faculty and staff as well.
There are over 25,000 items in this collection, so if you’re looking for a book on a specific topic and/or for a certain age, you might want to check out the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) first. If you want to access this database from off-campus, you will need to enter your Net ID and password when prompted. Once in the database, enter a word or phrase in the search box, and then use the limits on the right side to choose the correct age and/or grade level, book category, genre, and other limits. After doing a search, you can click on a title from the results list to find out more about the book including a summary, reading level, book reviews if they’re available, and more. Not every book listed in the database is available in our Library, so be sure to check the Library Catalog (HALCAT) and search by title to see if we have a book in our collection. Here is a link to a short tutorial showing you how to use the CLCD database .
If we don’t have a book that you need, there’s a good chance that another UW-System Library will, so be sure to check Universal Borrowing (or UB) to find out. Not sure how to use UB? Watch a short video about UB to learn more.