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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

May Displays: Let's Celebrate Children's Book Week!

May Displays: Let's Celebrate Children's Book Week!

05/03/2016 - Our main Youth display this month is a celebration of Children's Book Week. May 2-8, 2016, is the 97th anniversary of this celebration of books for young readers and literacy. The yearly event week is sponsored by several non-profit organizations including ...Read more

April Youth Giveaway Books

04/15/2016 - We are giving away two sets of books this month. To enter, visit the Youth Collection and fill out an entry slip for each giveaway. (Summaries below were written by Kyrie Borsay, Youth Collection Graduate Assistant.) Set 1: Ball and Olu's Dream   Ball by Mary ...Read more
Spotlight on Youth

Spotlight on Youth

02/15/2016 - Have you visited the Youth Collection lately?  You don’t need to be an Education major to take advantage of the amazing tree room, relaxing rocking chairs, unique squishy floor tiles, and award-winning children’s and young adult books.        ...Read more

Children's Literature Book Review Project Resources

02/08/2016 - If you are taking Children's Literature (LIT ED 1044) this semester, you may want digital copies of these materials we've created to help with your Book Review Project. You can also get them from the Youth Services desk when our staff are here. The genre lists linked below as Google ...Read more


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