The Children's Book Collection, located on the 3rd floor of Memorial Library overlooking the Opus Bridge, spans the range of subjects and reading levels and numbers about 14,000 books with more than 500 new books added annually. The collection supports the curricular and research needs of the College of Education, including the entire Library of Congress A-Z call number range, with early readers to young adult books.
The collection dates back to the 1980s in Memorial Library and later as part of the School of Education's Educational Resource Center (ERC). After receiving a significant gift from Barbara Elleman, a librarian, writer, critic, scholar, and editor in the field of children's literature, catalogers began to classify the books, which were distributed to Memorial Library or Science Library as appropriate. Following Raynor's opening in 2003, the remodeling of Memorial Library allowed merging the books into a distinct collection in new space on Memorial's 3rd floor.
All members of the Marquette community may check out books from the Children's Collection. Books circulate for three weeks and renewals are permitted. View a list of books added to the collection in the past month.