The Mudd Library contains a variety of collections and resources for a wide array of academic research as well as for leisure, campus life, and for keeping updated with current events. These pages describe some of the lesser-known collections and resources available at the Mudd Library. See our collection development policy to learn more about our collections, or submit our acquisitions request form if you would like to suggest an item for our collection.

Children's Literature  |  Games & Puzzles  |  Language Media |  Maps & Atlases  |  Mobile-Friendly Resources

Children's Literature in the Mudd Library

Juvenile literature on a shelf

In addition to materials directly supporting the Lawrence curriculum, the library’s collections include many children's picture books, fairy tales, and children's and young adult novels.  Our children’s literature collection supports the work of our education department, as well as the many faculty, staff, and students who enjoy the wealth of knowledge, joy, and wisdom that come from children's literature.

Most of our children's literature is located on the third floor, in the PZ and oversized PZ section.

Award-Winning Children's Literature

To find award-winning and honor books in the Mudd Library, first look for the book title in one of the following lists, then search by title or author in the library catalog:

  • List of Newbery Medal Honor Books, 1922-Present: given by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to the author of "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
  • List of Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present: recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children."
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award: given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
  • Rainbow Book List: presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.
  • Printz Award for Young Adult Literature: an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
  • Other awards from the American Library Association and affiliated associations

The award names may also be searched as keywords in the library catalog (e.g. "Caldecott medal" or "Newbery medal"). This type of search will also display books about these awards or their namesakes that may be helpful for those studying education, illustration, literature, etc.

Historic Children's Literature

historical children's picture books on a shelfIn addition to contemporary children's literature, our main collection and Milwaukee-Downer collection contain many historical children's books for those interested in the history of publishing for children. For access to materials from the Milwaukee-Downer collection, please see our use of special collections page. Selections from a small sampling of our Milwaukee-Downer collection, some of which are children's books, are viewable in Lux, Lawrence University's institutional repository.

Games & Puzzles

Video GamesShelf of video game cases

Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 video game titles can be browsed on the first floor, to the right of the circulation desk. Once a title or titles are selected, the empty case(s) can be brought to the circulation desk where the discs can be check out. The loan period is 3 days, and they can be reserved for future use.They are available for Lawrence students, faculty and staff.

For more information on video games and gaming in the library, take a look at our Why Gaming? research guide.

Nintendo Wii Console

The library has a Nintendo Wii console available for checkout from the circulation desk. It can be loaned for campus activities or personal use and can be reserved for use on a future date. It comes in a travel case with all necessary cables, 2 Wii remotes and 2 Nunchuck accessories. Two additional Wii remotes are also available for loan. To inquire about borrowing the Nintendo Wii, submit the equipment form or contact Cindy at circulation.

Board Games & Puzzles

The library also has a collection of board games and puzzles that are available for students, faculty, and staff to check out. The collection includes, Munchkin, Scrabble, Loaded Questions, Twister and more. Board games and puzzles are located on the first floor. 

Language Media & Spoken Word Recordings

In addition to music recordings, the library media collection contains a variety of spoken word recordings. These include audio books, radio dramas, theatre performances, dialect tutorials, and an assortment of recordings for language learning. The library also has a selection of convocation recordings and freshman studies lectures. Most spoken word recordings can be found on the first floor of the library. The language media is located on the second floor.

Maps & AtlasesLarge map cabinet with a drawer pulled out

The library's maps, and many newer atlases, are housed in the Map Collection, located on the second floor. The items in this collection do not circulate, but you are welcome to use them in the map area. There you will also find instructions for locating maps. Individual maps are kept in the large metal cabinets; bound maps such as atlases are kept on the shelves near the cabinets.

Our holdings consist largely of Army Map Service maps covering almost every part of the world, but also include contemporary and historical maps of Wisconsin, historical and commercial atlases, road maps, U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle maps and historical British maps.

If you have difficulty finding a map, please do not hesitate to ask a reference librarian for assistance.