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The gallery of the Cotsen Children's Library is currently under renovation, and will reopen in early 2018. Access to the Cotsen research collection will be available as usual to researchers during the temporary closure. Our online children's programming will continue, as well as select Saturday events. Please click here for more details.

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, librarians, and educators. We offer a variety of free programs and events for children, an author interview webcast, a teen writing resource, and a creative blog. Visitors can also explore Bookscape, our picturesque gallery with whimsical spaces to read, including a two-story bonsai tree. Like our programs, Bookscape is open to the public and free of charge. Please bring your family to relax and read!