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The public gallery of the Cotsen Children’s Library will be temporarily closed during the final stages of the Firestone Renovation Project. The last day of children’s programming in the gallery will be Friday,
June 2, 2017. The gallery will reopen in early 2018.

Access to the Cotsen research collection will be available as usual to scholars during the temporary closure.

During the closing, the gallery will have system upgrades which are not expected to impact the wonderful décor of our whimsical spaces. While the Cotsen gallery programs (Tiger Tales, To Be Continued and Cotsen Critix) will be suspended during the closure, our online programs (Pop Goes the Page, First Draft and the BiblioFiles) will continue. Select Saturday events will be held at offsite locations.

To stay current on Cotsen children’s programming, follow us on Facebook, join the e-notification list by emailing cotsen@princeton.edu or contact Dana Sheridan, Education and Outreach Coordinator: danas@princeton.edu / 609.279.1629


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!