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Cotsen Children's Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-258-3184
Curator of the Cotsen Children's Library
609-258-1510

The Cotsen Children's Library is a very special library within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library. Our international research collection of illustrated children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, and educational toys from the 15th century to the present day is the benefaction of Lloyd E. Cotsen '50. The Cotsen Children's Library also has a public face, serving as a resource for children, families, and educators in the greater Princeton area. Cotsen offers a variety of children's programs that are open to the public and free of charge. Visitors are also invited to explore Bookscape, our whimsical children's gallery. Like Cotsen's programs, the gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Please bring your family to relax and read! For more, see the Cotsen Children's Library Website.

Collection Strengths

  • Covers collections relating to literature and publishing in the U.S. and Canada. Included are the papers of individual authors, editors, and publishers, as well as the corporate records of publishing houses and literary organizations.

  • Includes collections relating to book publishing, book collecting, and book design.

  • The Library's chief repository of children's books is the Cotsen Children's Library.

  • Use to retrieve collections that relate to sports activities, particularly angling and archery, from an historical
    viewpoint.

  • Use to retrieve the widest set of collections related to literature regardless of language. Novelists, poets, critics, and publishers are well-represented.

  • This will be the text for your Collection Strength as well as the divisional holdings in the Topic.