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We’re more than just books! The SERC Library consists of 10 circulating collections, which are described below.

Tests (T)

A collection containing educational and cognitive tests and measures. The Library carries a variety of criterion-referenced, norm-referenced, formative, summative, objective, subjective, formal, and informal assessment tools. The purpose of this collection is to provide education professionals and students with examples of these various tests and assessment tools for examination and study. Certain (restricted) tests are limited to members with qualified licensure as per the test publisher’s restrictions. Click here to view our catalog of tests

Instructional Materials (IM)

A collection of teaching resources, ages birth through adult, in all subject areas of general education. This includes activity guides and kits, lesson plans, media, and other curriculum supports that are intended for classroom teaching and other professional placements.

Inservice Education Materials (IE)

A collection of books, DVDs, and other media resources that is available to support and enhance the professional development needs of education personnel, college/university students, families, and other community members.

Assistive Technology (AT-2)

A collection of low- and mid-tech tools to support the needs of children, youth, and young adults with disabilities to gain more independence in their daily routines and activities.

AT Collection at the Library: PDF

Assistive Technology (AT-3)

A collection of electronic devices (i-Pads and Chromebooks) made available to explore various educational Apps, focusing on areas that include communication, literacy and math skills development, and early childhood education. Note: The borrowing period for these devices differs from that of the other collections, and a signed borrower’s agreement is required.

Primary Mental Health Program (PMHP)

A collection of resources, purchased by the Connecticut State Department of Education, which are available to help primary grade children (kindergarten through grade 3) make positive adjustments to the school experience, both educationally and socially.

Professional Books

A collection of current books in all areas of education that includes, and is not limited to: social services; child studies; educational research; early childhood; elementary, middle, secondary, and special education; English language learners; gifted & talented; human development; pedagogy; developmental, educational, and behavioral school psychology; educational administration and policy; school reform; and social justice and equity.

Family Collection (FAM)

A collection of parenting resources that include informational books, biographies, and autobiographies pertaining to disabilities and exceptionalities.

Young People’s Literature (YP)

A collection of children’s books (fiction, nonfiction, and foreign and dual language) that includes, but is not limited to: disability awareness; cultural diversity; divorce; death, grief and loss; bullying; and interpersonal relationships.

Archive Books (ARC)

A limited collection of Professional Books published prior to the year 2000.

The Library additionally provides patrons with electronic access to a robust collection of educational journal databases containing full-text articles, and upon request can supply information from various educational newsletters. These resources are described below.

Electronic Educational Journal Databases

The Library currently subscribes to and provides patrons with online access to many journal titles containing thousands of full-text articles. Please refer to the List of Journals for titles and publication dates.


The Library has access to articles published in a variety of periodic news publications from professional organizations that specialize in issues pertaining to general and special education from sources such as Educational Leadership, Learning Forward, Special Education Today (CEC), Edutopia, and Education Week.

In addition, the Library also houses reference materials, as outlined below, that may be used in person at the Library.

Reference Materials

These resources include directories, handbooks, and statistical and test guides, such as Buros’ Mental Measurements Yearbooks and Tests in Print books.