Physical & Digital Collections

Children's Literature Collections at Cambridge: Children's Literature available at the University Library

An introduction to the range of Children's Literature collections in Cambridge and the resources and services available to students and staff

Key facts


  • The University Library holds many thousands of early children’s books amongst its copyright holdings. Most of its nineteenth-century children’s books are in remarkably good condition having been considered ‘secondary’ when they first arrived.
  • All pre-1919 books should be searchable via the iDiscover catalogue. If you can’t find a book, ask staff for help as there are also card catalogues of many collections.
  • Most of these early books are fetched to the Rare Books department and the online record will give you the details; a few more post-1900 titles may be fetched to the West Room.
  • Specific collections of interest include the Chapbooks collection, CCA-E.7, which includes around 1500 early children’s books and the Waddleton collection of colour printed books which includes large numbers of picture books; and the Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection 1944-1946 (c. 400 French-language titles, often illustrated, mainly produced in France and Belgium at the end of the Second World War).


  • All University Library readers can use the Rare Books department. If you are a member of the University you are automatically eligible to use the University Library.

Contact us

 Rare Books Department, University Library, West Road, CB3 9DR

  01223 333122

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