The Mitchell Library has a collection of over 1,500 children's books, including fairy stories, classic novels, annuals, picture books, nursery rhymes, school books and encyclopedias. The majority of titles are pre-1939, often with a Scottish connection. Many have fine pictorial bindings, typical of children's books of that period.
The collection mirrors the development of children's literature - from the 'improving' stories of the Victorian age to the colourful Christmas annuals of the 20th century. Popular authors like G.A. Henty, Arthur Ransome and R.L. Stevenson are well represented alongside titles which were once firm favourites but now forgotten, such as the 'Elsie' series of books by Martha Finley or 'The Lamplighter' by Maria S. Cummins.
For more information about holdings and access, please contact the staff in Special Collections.