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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature


We are the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, an internationally renowned research center in the Henry Madden Library at California State University Fresno. The Center is one of North America’s leading resources for the study of children’s and young adult literature. The growing collection of 70,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts, original art, and papers of authors and illustrators has an international and multicultural emphasis with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Its materials are available to anyone for use in the reading area.

During this time of limited library services, we recommend confirming our currently available services and appointment policy.

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Current Highlight

Leo Politi Garden

It’s been ten years since the groundbreaking for the Arne Nixon Center's Leo Politi Garden in a sheltered corner outside the Henry Madden Library. What began as just an idea has blossomed into a treasured little “secret” garden for the entire campus and community to enjoy. Inspired by Fresno’s famed children’s author and illustrator Leo Politi, the garden honors the friendship between Politi and the late Professor Arne Nixon, who taught children’s literature at Fresno State for over 30 years. Read more about the Garden and see a photo gallery at Madden Library News.

Read more about the garden and it's history

Featured Collections

Arne Nixon Original Library

A 22,000 book collection, started in 1995 with a donation from Professor Nixon.

Lydia Jean Kuhn Collection

Long-time friend, librarian and avid fan of the Center who left a generous bequest through her extensive Beatrix Potter and Winnie-the-Pooh collections.

Helen Monnette Amestoy Collection of Books on Cats

A closed collection of 6,000 books on cats.

Lewis Carroll Collection

2,400 books by, about, or inspired by Lewis Carroll.

LGBTQ Collection

The largest collection of LGBTQ children’s and young adult literature in the nation.

Our News

Arne Nixon Center’s New Librarian, Suzan Alteri

“I am thrilled to be the next ANC Librarian and excited to collaborate with the ANC Friends, Governing Committee, and colleagues at the Henry Madden Library and CSU-Fresno. The Center's collections are one of the best in the nation.” Read more about Suzan Alteri.

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Contact Information

Henry Madden Library Building
5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S ML34
Fresno, CA 93740-8014
P: 559.278.8116
F: 559.278.6952

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During this time of limited library services, we recommend confirming our currently available services and appointment policy.

Arne Nixon Center Staff

Tammy Lau
Interim Special Collections Librarian for the Arne Nixon Center
Jami Helwig
Library Services Specialist
Marla Libraty
Director of Development
Wen Pulido
Temporary Cataloging Assistant