The McConnell Collection for the Study of Youth Literature



The McConnell Collection for the Study of Youth Literature, named after beloved educator and mentor Anne McConnell, was created and is maintained to serve as a unique examination, study, and research center of the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. The McConnell Collection supports teaching, learning and research related to children's and teen/young adult literature by serving as a resource for UK students, UK faculty, researchers, public librarians, school librarians, teachers, child care providers, parents, authors and illustrators of youth literature, and other adults who work with children.

A vital gathering place for books and ideas, the McConnell Collection is committed to identifying excellent literature for children and adolescents and to bringing this literature to the attention of those adults who have an academic, professional, career, or personal interest in connecting young readers with books.

The McConnell Collection include current, retrospective, and historical books published for children and teens/young adults.

Please visit the links in the right-side menu to learn more about the collections and how to participate in its the Anne McConnell Conference.


History of the Collection

The Center for the Study of Children's Literature was established in 1983 by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) and the University of Kentucky School of Information Science (then the School of Library and Information Science). The Center was later rechristened The McConnell Center for the Study of Children's Literature in honor of Professor Emerita Anne Y. McConnell. In 2006, the name was altered to reflect the full range of the resources in the collection. In 2016, the center was consolidated into the McConnell Collection for the Study of Youth Literature. The McConnell Collection contains materials appropriate for children (birth through 12 years of age) and teens or young adults (12 through 18 years of age).


Director of the Collection

Dr. Stephanie Reynolds arrived at the University of Kentucky in August of 2007. She has a Master's of Science in Library Science specializing in Youth Librarianship, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Science, both from the University of North Texas. Dr. Reynolds teaches the children's and young-adult literature courses (LIS610, 611 & 614) and youth services (LIS613). She considers her elementary school librarian one of her greatest childhood influences.


Location & Hours

333 Lucille Little Fine Arts Library
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039

Currently, the collection is available by appointment only.  If you anticipate needing assistance with book selection, please make an appointment.

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The McConnell Collection can be reached via Dr. Stephanie Reynolds. Her phone number is: (859) 257-5894.