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Children's & Young Adult Collection: How to Search for Children's Books in the Collection

Checkout Loan Period


Children's books in Waldo Library circulate for 4 weeks; you may renew them online. 

In the Education Library, children's books checked out to graduate assistants/faculty circulate for the entire semester.

Children's & Young Adult Literature Guide

Check out the extensive subject guide I have created for children's and young adult literature.  You will find considerable information there about the field of children's literature.

Library Search

Use the Library Advanced Search to find children's books in the WMU collection.

If you already know the title or author, use the pull-down arrow to select Title or Author

SEARCH TIP:  If you are using a phrase in your search, be sure and put it in quotation marks, e.g., "african americans"

SEARCH TIP:  Use the asterisk * at the end of keyword(s) to pick up variant endings of words, e.g., child* will retrieve child, child's, children, children's, childhood, etc.

SEARCH TIP:  You can use the "OR" connector to string similar terms in the same box, e.g., folklore OR folktale* OR myth* OR legend*

SEARCH TIP:   You can combine terms in your search, e.g., type "native americans" in the first box, and poetry in the box directly underneath, to find poems about Native Americans.

IMPORTANT STEP:  Once you get your results, look for the LOCATION option on the left side of the page, click the "more options" and then limit your search to the Children's Collection, Easy and Beginning Readers for picture books, or Children's Collection, Fiction and Non-Fiction, for novels and non-fiction books.

Be sure and write down the book's call number since you will need this to find the book on the shelves.

Quick Guide on How to Find Children's Books in WMU Libraries

Finding Your Books on the Shelves

To locate your book on the shelves, be sure and note location (Waldo Library or the Education Library), call number, and the availability (is it "available" or "checked out?").

Children's books are located on the 2nd floor of Waldo Library (near the bridge to the Computing Center) and in the Education Library on the second floor of Sangren Hall.

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Maria Perez-Stable
Dwight B. Waldo Library, Room 1012
Telephone: 269-387-5322

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