The aims of the Institute for Children's Literature is to promote the study of and research on all levels into the subject of children's literature and also to increase the knowledge and understanding of children's literature among those working with children and young people.
The Institute arranges temporary exhibitions on various themes and displays current publications from different publishers. Major exhibitions are sometimes arranged outside the premises.
Courses, conferences and seminars are arranged, sometimes in collaboration with other organizations and institutions. The Institute also produces a prospectus of lecturers in the field of children's and young people's literature available for engagement by schools, libraries, study associations and other organizations.