Child Resource Center

The Child Resource Center (CRC) is a member-based lending library for families and early childhood education professionals. The CRC is open Monday through Thursday, from 12 to 7 p.m.

What is the Lending Library?

The CRC Lending Library features tools to support every area of children's development from birth through school age, including:

  • Children's books to extend early learning
  • Child development, parenting, activity, and curriculum books
  • Family child care business reference materials
  • Educational toys: math manipulatives, music and movement materials, emergent literacy resources, science materials
  • Lamination and Ellison die cut machines. Click here to view list of available die cuts.

Visiting the CRC


In-person services including lamination, die cuts, library tours and browsing are available by appointment. Call 949-724-6721 or email with your requested appointment date and time. All appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes unless otherwise requested.   

How Curbside Service Works


  • Members can search and reserve items through an online library catalog here.

    Search Online Catalog

  • Detailed instructions on reserving materials are available here.
  • Membership is required to reserve items; please see Become a Member information below.


  • Members will receive an email notification letting them know the day their items are ready.
  • Drive to the Irvine Child Resource Center on your assigned pick-up day. 
  • Park in the designated curbside service parking area.
  • Call the number on the sign when you arrive.
  • Staff will bring your reserved items out to you.


  • Library materials may be returned in the bin provided in the curbside area during curbside service hours, 12 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Park in the designated curbside service parking area.
  • Call the CRC to let staff know you are returning items.
  • Place any returns in the plastic bin.
  • Returns are also accepted in the CRC lobby bin, 12 - 7 p.m., Monday - Thursday.

More Questions?

Want to learn more? View frequently asked questions about the Lending Library's curbside service here.

Curbside Service FAQ

Become a Member

Membership is required to check out resources or use equipment at the CRC. To become a member, join online here. Annual membership rates are listed below.

 Membership Type  Irvine Residents  Non-Irvine Residents
Individual $25 $30
Student $22 $27