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University of Texas University of Texas Libraries

Youth Literature

Finding Books

Find children's & YA books from our collections...

From the UT Libraries' homepage, use the main search box to add keywords for the author, title or topic of the books you're looking for. 


You'll see results from across our entire collection, both print and online. Use the limiters along the left to narrow your results by "Location in Library" and choose these locations for our youth collections:

  • Youth Collection PCL Stacks
  • Benson Collection Juvenile (English)
  • Benson Collection Juvenile (Spanish).


You may also want to limit by Resource Type (choose Books), Language or Creation Date. You may have more success using your subject interests as your main keyword search terms, rather than with the subject limits on the left.


Request a book from our stacks...

When you find a book in our collection that you'd like to check out, you can use our Pick it Up service to have the item placed on hold for you in PCL. Just follow these steps...

1) Find the item in our Library Catalog and click on the title to see the full record.



2) Make sure you're signed in with your EID  



3) Follow the "Pick It Up" link, choose Perry Castañeda Library and click the "Send Request" button. You'll receive an email from us when the item is ready for you. This may take 1-2 business days.        


Borrow a book from another library (Interlibrary Loan)...

So many children's books are published each year, and we can't buy them all! If you need a book we don't own, we'll do our best to borrow a copy for you from another library. 

From the main library site, look under "Find, Borrow, Request" and follow the Request from Another Library (Interlibrary Loan) link. You may have to register if you haven't used this service before.

From there, click the orange "Request item" button and fill out the book request form with as much detail as possible. We'll reach out to you when the book is ready to be picked up. This typically takes 5-10 days, so plan ahead!

We also welcome purchase suggestions for our Youth Collections! Turnaround time for purchases is a bit slower, so you may still want to use ILL while you're waiting for a purchase to arrive. Just follow the Suggest a Purchase link as seen above.

Use your local public library...

Your local public library will also likely have a robust collection of youth books and eBooks. If you don't have a library card, get one! Then get set up to use their databases and eBooks from home. You'll find some Austin Public Library tips below, but other cities will have similar options.

Search the APL Library Catalog to for the title of the book you need. You'll see which formats they own (print book, eBook, audiobook, etc) and which copies are currently available. From there, you can check out available electronic copies, place pick-up requests for print items and join the waitlist for items that are in use.

Video Walkthrough: Find & Request Youth Books From UT Libraries

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