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Youth Collection

The Youth Collection, designed for the adult study of children's and young adult literature, contains more than 20,000 trade books, related reference sources, and a growing number of materials in electronic formats. Although a small historical collection is maintained, the focus of the Youth Collection is on recently published materials representing many genres, curriculum areas, and grades PK-12.

Staff are responsible for development of children’s/young adult materials, providing reference service for patrons using those materials, providing bibliographic instruction for patrons using those materials, maintaining and evaluating the collection, and serving as a professional resource for Iowa educators. 

Youth Service Desk

(319) 273-6166
Fall and Spring Semester
Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
Summer Session
Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
Note special hours during exams, holidays and interims

Visitors needing assistance when we are not staffed should visit the Information Desk located on the second (main) floor of the library.

Rod Cast - Library News

Youth Collection Move Complete

03/30/2012 -  The Youth Collection move is complete!  Please visit our newly remodeled location on the 3rd floor for all your Youth material needs.  If you need assistance locating materials, just stop in to the offices of our friendly Youth staff. ...Read more
Youth collection moving

Youth Books on the Move

03/29/2012 - Material from the Youth Collection is in the process of moving from its current location on the 1st floor to their new and improved 3rd floor. The entire YE collection is now on the 3rd floor. Y Fiction and Non Fiction are being moved today. Please contact staff in the Youth department if you need ...Read more

Youth Collection Renovation Work Begins

11/07/2011 - Renovation work began today on the third floor Youth Collection area.  There may be some noise and dust while the work is taking place.  If you need help locating a quiet place to study please see the friendly folks at the Circulation Desk by the entrance to the Library. ...Read more

Youth Collection Awarded Carver Grant

05/16/2011 - The Library has been awarded a $220,981 grant by the Roy J. Carver Memorial Trust for the re-furbishing of the Youth Collection and the enhancement of its resources. The grant application was prepared byYolanda Hood, Kate Martin, Marilyn Mercado, and Sandra Wilkens. ...Read more

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