Equity. Excellence. Education.

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FAQ's

What is the Library about?

The Library serves as a comprehensive Library/Resource Center with an extensive and current collection of research, reference, and instructional materials and resources related to education and social services. The Library was established to assist Connecticut education professionals, college/university students, families, and community members in achieving positive educational and life outcomes for all learners.

The Library is a free public lending library, centrally located in Middletown, CT.

Library acquisitions align with the focused priorities of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Common Core State Standards, and SERC’s vision of: Equity. Excellence. Education.


What kind of resources does the Library have?

The Library has thousands of current and relevant resources pertaining to education and social services. Whether you are looking for materials to help with a particular age-level, disability, subject matter, or educational topic, please consider visiting us in person or online. You will find a wide variety of up-to-date and comprehensive resources along with friendly and knowledgeable staff members who are more than happy to help you and your researching endeavors.


How may I get a Library card?

Membership is FREE and available to the general public. Membership is contingent upon the following information: home address, at least two phone numbers (home, work, school, cell), email address, and driver’s license number. Members are also requested to provide a current work address and work email. Full-time students, living on or off campus, are required to provide a permanent home address and phone number. Patron information is updated annually. If you lose your Library card, a replacement card may be issued for the cost of $1.00. Your Library member number is found on the back of your Library card and may be used to check out Library resources and also to search the Library online catalog. The Library does not share membership lists with other organizations.


May I view a list of tests available in the Library?

Yes, click HERE to view the TEST LIST. Please note: Certain (restricted) tests are limited to qualified members as per the test publisher’s restrictions.


How many resources may I borrow?

Patrons may check out up to three (3) resources from each of the eleven (11) collections (for a maximum of 33 resources). Note: To be able to check out resources, all pending issues associated with an account must be resolved (e.g., outstanding fines, missing items, overdue materials, etc.).


How do I renew resources?

Library resources may be renewed one time for an additional seven (7) days from the day the renewal is placed (not the day the resources are due). Resources may not be renewed if a hold has been placed on the resource by another patron. To renew online, sign in to your Library account using your Library member number, or call the Library for assistance. Patrons cannot borrow the same resource consecutively.

How do I reserve resources?

Patrons may place a reserve (or “hold”) on a resource that is available in the Library or currently checked out to another patron. To place a hold on resources, log on to the Library online catalog using your Library member number, call the Library for assistance, or visit the Library. Patrons may place a hold on up to three (3) resources from each of the eleven (11) collections (for a maximum of 33 resources). The Library will hold reserves for three (3) business days.


Do I have to return my resources to the Library solely when the Library is open?

Yes. The Library does not have a drop box. Resources must be returned to the Library circulation desk during Library business hours. Items may not be returned by mail or left in the lobby area outside of the Library or any other area of the building. Please see Library hours at http://serclibrary.blogspot.com/ or refer to the Hours & Calendar tab.


May I return SERC Library materials to a public library location?

No. The Library is not part of an Inter-Library Loan program due to the cost and often the size of our resources. Please see Library hours at http://serclibrary.blogspot.com/ or refer to the Hours & Calendar tab.


May I use my personal laptop or other electronic device(s) in the Library?

Yes. The Library provides free Wi-Fi Internet access for patrons.


May I print and/or make copies?

Yes. The cost is .10 cents a page for the use of the Library’s printers or copiers. As this technology is not coin-operated, it is necessary to pay by cash or check.


May I look up test reviews?

Yes. The Library has print editions of the Buros Mental Measurement Yearbooks and Tests in Print reference books.


May I look up journal articles from home?

Yes. Journals may be accessed using your Library member number through the Advanced Search feature of the Library online Iluminar catalog. For steps to navigate Library online resources, please click HERE for complete instructions.


Does the Library have research or subject guides?

Yes. The Library does have research/subject guides. Library Research Guides (also known as LibGuides) may be accessed with or without your Library member number.

For steps to navigate Library online resources, please click HERE for complete instructions.

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