The Bodleian Library holds the Opie Collection, which was acquired in 1988, and contains approximately 20,000 books printed between the 16th and 20th centuries for children. Most of the collection has been reproduced on microfiche. These are available in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room. Readers are asked to use the fiche in the first instance.
The majority of books for children were, and continue to be, acquired through legal deposit. A number of named early collections also hold significant early childrens books, including Douce, and items can be located in the printed books catalogue, available via SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online).
Visit our subject guide for more information about finding children's literature at the Bodleian Library.