Rare Children's Book Collection
The Rare Children's Book Collection is housed in the Davenport Special Collections Room of the Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street. This collection includes international and American children's books of historical interest from the 18th. century to the 21st. century. Specific collections include Rare Children's Books (RCB), Rare Children's Series (RCS), Rare Tucker Collection (RTC) and international children's books.
Significant gifts from Martha Orr Davenport and Judith Josephine Tucker have provided the core of this collection. The collections were also drawn from the Library's earlier holdings or from gifts. Materials owned in the Rare Children's Book Collection are not available for circulation, and must be signed for and used under supervision in the Main Library only.
Currently, the Rare Children's Book Room is open weekly on Wednesday mornings. Access to the collection at other times is by appointment.
In 2008 the collection will be reorganized to make access and research easier. Due to this reorganization of the Rare Children's Book Collection, some books may not be readily available during 2008.