PreK-12 Teachers and Homeschoolers
The UC CECH Library Opens its Doors to Pre K-12 Local Teachers and Homeschoolers
The CECH Library is home to the collections and services that support the University of Cincinnati K-12 undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. The CECH Library has now opened its doors to meet the educational needs of local in-service teachers and local homeschoolers. The myriad of books, DVDs, puppets, games, software, kits and other great resources will expand the minds of young and old alike.
Below are answers to many of the commonly asked questions about how local in-service teachers and homeschoolers can utilize the CECH Library's resources. (If you have any further questions, please call the CECH Library at 556 - 1430.)
What kinds of pre K-12 curriculum resources can I check out?
What kinds of Professional Education materials can I check out?
How do I check out materials?
What is the loan period?
Can I produce instructional materials in the CECH Library?
Does the CECH Library sell supplies?
How do I know what is available to be checked out?
Does the CECH Library have any other special resources?
Is there a CECH Library website?
What are the CECH Library's hours?
Who can I contact for additional information?
What are the directions to the CECH Library?
Where do I park once I get to the UC campus?
The CECH Library has children's and young adult books and over 8300 audiovisual media titles covering most curriculum topics, particularly for language arts and reading, mathematics, science and social studies for all grade levels. These materials consist of audiobooks, bulletin board kits, activity card sets, CD-ROMs, charts, audio compact discs, DVDs, games, kits, maps, models, puppets, pictures, posters, transparencies, and videocassettes.
- K – 12 Textbooks
There are over 12,600 K – 12 textbooks including student books, teacher’s editions and other ancillary materials from major textbook publishers. (These are available to in-service and homeschool teachers for in-house use only.)
- PreK – 12 Teacher Handbooks (teaching activities books)
The CECH Library has over 3700 books filled with teaching/learning activities and lesson plans covering all curriculum areas for preschool through twelfth grade.
- Children’s and Young Adult books/videos/audiobooks/kits
You will find over 16,000 children’s and young adult books. These include many nonfiction or information books on all curriculum topics as well as children’s novels, fairy tales, folklore, biographies, poetry, and a large picture/easy reading book section. There are many young adult fiction books also. In addition, you will find many videotapes, DVDs, and audiobooks based on children’s and young adult books. There are also a number of “read-along” children’s books accompanied by a CD or audicassette packaged in kits as well.
Other online resources:
- Teaching Activities and Lesson Plans on the Web
- Curriculum Standards
- Curriculum Resources
- UC Science Fair: Finding Resources and Documenting Sources
The CECH Library houses a large collection of circulating professional education books that assist in-service teachers and homeschool teachers in the areas of assessment, classroom management, behavioral issues and much more. In addition, the CECH Library's reference collection is available for in-house use.
You will find a large selection of education related print journals. Digital copies for some of these titles, along with other educational journals, are available from two CECH Library's public terminals.
For research purposes, the following education related databases are available: ERIC, Education Abstracts, Professional Development Collection, PsycINFO and Dissertation Abstracts. These can be accessed in-house only via the twoCECH Library's public workstations.
CECH Library staff have created online guides on a range of education topics such as: special education, early childhood education, and teaching STEM related topics. Many of the websites listed on these guides are free to anyone.
- Go to the CECH Library's Circulation Desk
- Identify yourself as an in-service teacher or homeschooler
- Present current Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County library card (must be in good standing)
- Present photo ID
- Fill out a “CECH Library's Courtesy Borrowers Form” (up to 3 items can be checked out initially)
- A UC borrowers’ card will be sent to you in the mail.
“Prof Ed” Books (3 week loan; 3 renewals)
Children’s & Young Adult Books (3 week loan; 2 renewals)
Teacher Handbooks (3 week loan; 2 renewals)
Curriculum Guides (3 week loan; 2 renewals)
K-12 Textbooks (in-house use only)
- Audiovisual Media (2 week loan; 2 renewals)
Note: 5 concurrent item check out limit (this means only 5 items can be checked out at any given time.)
Yes, many kinds of instructional materials can be produced in the CECH Library "do it yourself" Media Production Lab. This facility provides equipment for producing the following:
- Scanning Images
- Producing overhead transparencies (black on clear and color)
- Laminating materials
- Making cutouts of objects for bulletin boards and learning activities with an assorted collection of Die-Cut Blocks
- Spiral Binding
- Making color posters with a poster maker
Supplies can be purchased in the Media Production Lab for making the above materials. Check out our Media Production Lab Store Price List for more information. However we do not accept cash. We only accept Bearcat Cards for purchasing supplies such as:
- Laminating film and pouches
- Clear acetate (for write-on transparencies) as well as thermal transparency film (for black on clear transparencies).
- Film for producing color transparencies via a color laser printer
- Construction paper, poster board and bulletin board paper
- Hook n' Loop tape (like Velcro) and magnetic tape for making visual board materials
- Spiral binding combs
- Blank videotapes, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and DVDs
The cards can be purchased at MainStreet Connection Center, Tangeman University Center, Level 3 (513-556-2000). The card costs a $1.00 and you can add money to it as needed.
To find CECH Library's materials on a given curriculum topic, do the following:
- Go to the Library Catalog
- Click on “Keywords”
- In the “View Entire Collection” box, click on the black arrow and select “CECH Library ”
- To the left of the “View Entire Collection” box, enter your keyword(s), such as weather.
The NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) serves as a preview and distribution center for NASA produced educational materials. It provides elementary, secondary, and university educators easy access to a wide variety of teaching resources for teaching earth science, physical science, life science, space science, mathematics, geography, and the environmental science. Many of these materials are free of charge and new materials are constantly coming in so it is a good idea to return to the NASA ERC on a regular basis.
- Videos and DVDs (in-house use only but free copying is available)
Videos cover careers, earth science, history of flight, life science, living in space, physics, science and technology, mathematics, human space flight, and space science. These videos cannot be checked out, but if you provide a blank videotape or DVD, we can duplicate your requested video(s) free of charge. Video viewing equipment is available in the library. Occasionally, the ERC is stocked with free copies of certain DVDs.
- Teaching Guides (free)
You will find teaching guide packets with hands-on teaching activities for some of the topics listed above. All of these guides are graded to early childhood, middle school, or high school and based on national curriculum standards. They are free for you to take.
- Posters (free)
Posters are available on various topics. These can be viewed in the ERC poster display unit. Once you find a poster you would like to use in your classroom, simply locate it by the referenced letter in the poster supply unit. It is free to take.
- Pictures (free)
We regularly receive new pictures (lithographs) of various aspects of the space program such as pictures of shuttles, crews, international space station, various planets, earth from space, moon, etc. These are free for the taking.
- Publications (free)
A variety of additional NASA publications, including fact sheets, are regularly received on a variety of subjects and are free to take.
- CD-ROMs (in-house use only)
NASA produced CD-ROMs are available for viewing. These are for in-house use only and may be purchased for a minimal price from NASA. Occasionally, however, the ERC is stocked with free copies of certain CD-ROMs.
- Reference (in-house use only)
Many reference materials are available in the ERC. These too are for in-house use only.
Is there a CECH Library website?
- Yes, at the CECH Library website you will find a number of guides to help you locate various kinds of curriculum materials, such as teaching activities, K – 12 textbooks, children’s and young adult books, and audiovisual media. You will also find bibliographies of CECH Library's instructional materials grouped by curriculum area and grade range. In addition, easy access is provided to teaching activities and lesson plans, curriculum resources, and kids’ sites on the Web.
Check the UC Libraries Hours Webpage for an up to date schedule
For circulation questions, contact Alphonzo Early at 556-1307.
For information about the collection, contact Cheryl Ghosh at 556-1758.
For information about the CECH website, library guides and reference assistance, contact Lori Choudhury at 558-1025
For help with reference questions, call Rosemary Franklin at 556-0633.
From the north or south via I-75
- From I-75, take the Hopple Street exit (exit 3). (If you are traveling north,
Hopple Street exits from the left lane)
- Turn left off the exit on to Hopple Street. As you cross the first intersection at
Central Parkway, Hopple Street becomes Martin Luther King Drive. Follow
Martin Luther King Drive up the hill to Clifton Avenue. (ML King Drive
borders the north edge of the West Campus and Clifton Avenue borders the
west edge of the West Campus.)
- Turn right on Clifton and proceed for 1 mile.
- The CECH Library is inside Teachers College, which is located at the intersection of Clifton and Straight Street (between the Teachers College building and the Law building.)
- The Teachers College entrance level is the 4th floor, and the CECH Library entrace is located in Room 400 within the breezway facing Clifton Avenue.
From the west via I-74
- Take I-74 east to I-75 south.
- Follow instructions 2 - 5 above.
From the north via I-71
- From I-71 south, take the Taft Road exit (exit 3).
The exit places you on Taft Road, a one-way street heading west.
Taft Road becomes Calhoun Street as you near campus.
Stay on Calhoun until it ends at Clifton Avenue.
- Follow step 3 - 5 of the first directions.
From the south via I-71
- Take I-71 north until it merges with I-75 just south of Florence, Ky.
Stay on I-75 after you cross the Ohio River.
- From the left lane on I-75, take the Hopple Street exit (Exit 3).
- Follow step 2 - 5 from the first directions.
From the east via US 50
- From US 50 west, turn right on Taft Road. Taft is a one-way street heading west. Taft becomes Calhoun Street as you near campus. Stay on Calhoun until it ends at Clifton Avenue.
- Turn right on Clifton Avenue.
- The CECH Library is inside Teachers College, which is located at the intersection of Clifton and Straight Street (next to Blegen and across from the College of Law.)
- The Teachers College entrance level is the 4th floor and the CECH Library is located in Room 400.
Or go to UC Maps/Directions
Park along Clifton Avenue (metered parking) or Deaconess Parking Garage on
Straight Street across from the Deaconess Hospital.