A young child pulls a colorful book from the shelves of the childrens and young adult collectionThe Children's and Young Adult Collection (CYAC) is a small teaching and browsing collection that support students in the School of Education, as well as children and young adults in the CU and wider Boulder communities. We focus on collecting major award-winning titles and purchase additional fiction and non-fiction materials to support the teaching and research priorities of the School of Education, including books with racial and ethnic diversity, diverse gender and sexuality, disabilities or exceptionalities, and science and math books.

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Using the collection

In the STEAM gallery, on the second floor of Norlin Library, approximately 5,000 CYAC fiction and non-fiction volumes are intershelved using the Library of Congress call number system. Additional materials, including more than 8,000 additional current and historical children's books, are housed in PASCAL, our off-site storage facility in Denver. Boulder Valley School District Educators and K-12 students from local publicly-funded schools are able to create free accounts to borrow materials in this collection and the rest of Norlin Library (learn more about accounts & privileges).

You may search for items through the library catalog or via Prospector, a network of regional libraries.

We need representation of many types of human diversity in children’s books! CU affiliates are invited to recommend diverse titles for the Children's and Young Adult Collection.