Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Making an Appointment and Finding Materials

The Children's Literature Research Collections is open to the public, but supervised use by researchers is confined to the Elmer L. Andersen Library Reading Room (Room 219), and all materials must be pulled in advance by a staff person.

To search for books, using the on-line catalog, you must use the University of Minnesota's MNCAT catalog. MNCAT is a catalog for the all of the University's libraries, and any books in our collection have the location "TC Andersen Library Children's Lit." Search archival collections (including manuscripts and illustrations) here, making sure to select the "Children's Literature Research Collections" in the repositories. You can also browse our list of Finding Aids here.

Due to staffing levels and the time it takes to retrieve materials, we strongly recommend making an appointment. To request an appointment, please contact

Hours and Location

The CLRC is located in the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the west bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

113 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Reading Room hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Campus map showing location of Elmer L. Andersen Library

Further directions, building hours, and parking information are available on the Andersen Library visitor information page.

Photocopies and Scans

Scanning and photocopying is available for most materials, with the exception of restricted collections and items too fragile or sensitive to be copied.

Archives staff will provide photocopies of material at the researcher's expense when such duplication can be done without injury to the material and does not violate copyright restrictions or restrictions imposed by agreement with the donor. We do not duplicate entire archival collections, or all the text of individual books, manuscripts, or boxes of material. Use of personal copiers or scanners is prohibited. Researchers are welcome to bring digital cameras. For more information, see the ASC Copying and Scanning page.

Copies, including digital scans or PDFs, are provided for the researcher's personal use only and are not to be transferred to another individual or institution without the permission of the University of Minnesota Archives. Provision of copies does not constitute permission to publish.

Introduction to Andersen Library and Using Archives

For additional information on Andersen Library or researching using special collections, visit the Archives and Special Collections home page.