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Curriculum and AV Library

Curriculum and AV Library (FAB 266)

Our Library houses several special collections, provides a study and work space for small groups or individuals, and provides checkout services for our audio-visual equipment.  In addition to our collections we have a small sitting area and tables for small group or individuals to use.  We also have a photocopier/scanner and small assortment of supplies available for use.   We charge 10¢ per page to photocopy.  Scanning is free.  

You can search our collections online.

Curriculum Collection

The curriculum collection includes instructional material and textbooks, most of which are from the list of Adopted Instructional Materials from the State of Oregon. We do not receive funding for purchasing materials for this collection, so the samples that we receive come from textbook publishers, grants, and other donations.  A number of textbook publishers no longer send samples. Instead, they want teachers to view samples online. For that reason we have also created lists (by subject) with links to publisher sites, when available. These lists are based on the Oregon Department of Education Adopted Instructional Materials list. You can access these lists via the following links:

Please refer to the Adopted Instructional Materials list for the most recent adoption schedule and selections.

Books in the collection are available for 2-week checkout. While our first priority is to serve the needs of students and faculty in Graduate School of Education programs, the collection is also available to local educators.

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Spalding Reference Collection

The Willard B. Spalding Reference Collection is donated and maintained by the family of Dr. Spalding, a former Dean of the Graduate School of Education. The collection includes an assortment of reference books that are research-based, and include valuable information about current topics in education. These books can be identified by a red dot on the spine and can be located along the east wall of the Library.

Diversity Collection

The Graduate School of Education Diversity Committee has identified a small collection of books that focus on diverse learners in schools and other settings.  These books can be identified by a gold star on the spine and are located on the west wall of the Library near the staff desk.

Eric Kimmel Collection

Eric Kimmel, noted author and former faculty member of the GSE has donated a small collection of his books to the Library.  These can be found on the west wall of the Library near the staff desk.

Faculty Reserves (closed shelves)

Faculty may leave “reserve” materials that support the teaching and learning of their students in the Library for students to use on site or check out.  Faculty are responsible for assuring that photocopied materials meet Portland State University’s Copyright Policy as outlined on the Millar Library website. CATS staff are not allowed to photocopy copyrighted materials for faculty, staff, or students. If you need a reserve item, ask CATS staff to get it for you.

In order to assure timely access, materials must be received at least one week in advance so that they can be cataloged before students begin requesting them. Faculty will be asked to fill out a reserve slip for each item indicating how long materials may be kept, whether or not they can leave the MISL, and whether a detection sticker can be added to the item. All reserve items will be returned at the end of the term unless other arrangements are made ahead of time, allowing for maximum use of limited space. The individual faculty member determines loan times and use restrictions.  

Faculty may also use Millar Library’s electronic reserves to provide more equitable access for students.

Vernier Kits

Thanks to grants from the Boeing Foundation and Vernier we have a small collection of science and math kits that are available for checkout.  These are housed in the cupboards on the south wall of the Library.  Please ask CATS staff for assistance locating these.

Video Collection (closed shelves)

A small collection of educational videos is available for faculty checkout.  Due to copyright restrictions students may only view videos in the Library if they have been reserved by a faculty member.  

Audio-visual Equipment

AV equipment is available on a first-come first-served basis. The following are available:

  • Video cameras
  • Document cameras
  • Digital voice recorders
  • Transcribers
  • Digital cameras
  • Computer projectors
  • Laptop computers (limited number)

Contact Information:

Call the CATS Curriculum and AV Library at (503) 725-4607 or see the CATS Contact page for more information.