Clark Memorial Library

Curriculum Materials Center (Teacher Education)

An introduction to library resources in the Curriculum Materials Center

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Finding Teaching Resources in the CMC

The Curriculum Materials Center has books, DVDs, CDs, posters, manipulatives, realia, etc. to support classroom teaching and learning in PreK-12. 

TangramBookVirtually all of the teaching resources in the Curriculum Materials Center are cataloged.  Use the SSU Library Catalog to find CMC resources.  Materials are arranged by Library of Congress call numbers and are interfiled regardless of format; however, oversize realia, "big books," posters, and reference resources are in distinct areas in the CMC. See the table below for more information.

Books, videos, and other resources that focus on classroom practices in teaching and learning; diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion; educational management strategies; and professional development are generally found in the CMC.  (Books that focus on more theoretical, political, and administrative issues in education are generally located in the Circulating Stacks.) 

Children's and most Young Adult (YA)' fiction and non-fiction are in the CMC.  (Some popular YA literature is shelved in the Circulating Stacks.) Juvenile literature is arranged by Library of Congress call numbers regardless of format (book, audiobook, video, etc.) in the CMC; however, "big books" are located in the flat files in the area south of the CMC.  

Searching the Library Catalog for CMC Resources

Search for books, videos, & more in the SSU Library collection. After searching the SSU Library Catalog ,  select the Modify Search button and Limit to the appropriate CMC option (CMC, CMC Child, CMC Flat Files, CMC Oversize, CMC Reference, CMC Restricted, or Children's Learning Center.)  See the table below for more information.

Materials in the CMC are located in several collections.  Please ask a staff member if you need help finding any CMC material.

Location Code in Catalog

Typical Resources

Location in CMC


Teachers’ materials in all formats on classroom activities and management; textbooks; small realia.

Free-standing shelving units on right as you enter the CMC; interfiled with CMC (Child) materials.  

CMC Child

Children’s and young adults’ fiction and nonfiction

Free-standing shelving units on the right as you enter the CMC; interfiled with CMC materials.

CMC Flat Files

“Big Books” and oversize books for older readers

In the flat files on the south wall in the area immediately south of the CMC. 

CMC Oversize


On the oversize shelving units at the back of the CMC.

CMC Reference

Toy and moveable books; reference books

On the last section of the short shelving unit, following the Z’s.

CMC Restricted

Commercially-prepared tests

In the locked file cabinet at the back of the CMC.   Ask for assistance at Circulation.

Children’s Learning Center

Children’s literature

In the Children’s Learning Center

The Library Catalog Record