The St. Patrick's Centre for Irish Children's Literature was established by the English Department in St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra in 2006, developing from the Masters in Children's Literature set up in 1997. The Centre drew upon the English Department’s expertise and that of the college community to advance the study of children’s literature in a multi-disciplinary context. It attracted international critics such as Jack Zipes and Jerry Griswold from the United States and children’s publishers and writers like Ireland’s first Laureate na nÓg, Siobhán Parkinson, or English writer, Melvin Burgess.
In June 2016 the Centre's Director, Dr. Julie Anne Stevens, placed its library into the care of Cregan Library, now DCU Libraries.
This guide aims to give a flavour of the Centre's collection as it was before integration into our Junior Collection.