Curriculum Resource Center

We invite you to come and explore all that the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) has to offer in resources and collections.
At the CRC, you can work on projects, connect with other students and education faculty, and find help in locating information and resources.

The primary mission of the CRC is to support the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at Bluffton by providing quality materials and services to education students and faculty. These materials help students prepare and develop lesson plans, teaching units, and pre-practicum and practicum assignments.

The CRC is open to all Bluffton University users and to area educators and other interested community patrons (see Circulation Policies below).    

Location & Facilities

The CRC is located on the 4th floor of the Musselman Library. Several large tables are available for collaboration and projects, and two networked PCs are available nearby. The production area includes machines and resources for creating bulletin board layouts and other projects.

The Seminar Room, a library classroom and group study space, is also located on the 4th floor and can be reserved for class and group use.    


teacher resource books
Ohio Assessments for Educators Preparation Materials
curriculum guides
curriculum standards
textbooks (pre-school through grade 12)
reference books
teaching aids
selected education periodicals
videotapes and DVDs

Nearby on the 4th floor:
- children's literature collection
- education materials in the general library collections (L call numbers)

Library collections reflect library and education faculty collaboration; suggestions from students and others users are always welcome. Tim Byers, assistant professor of education, is the liaison from the teacher education department for the Curriculum Resource Center.

Beyond what is available at the Musselman Library, teacher education students at Bluffton benefit from the resources and programming at the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center, the Bluffton Public Library, and OPAL/OhioLINK borrowing.   

Production Area

The CRC production area offers the following equipment, supplies, and services:

Two Ellison die-cutting machines (what dies do you have?) no charge to use dies
large-format roll laminating (requires library staff assistance)    50 cents per foot
small-format pouch laminating 50 cents per pouch
spiral binding 10 cents per comb
bulletin board paper 50 cents per foot
white 11" roll paper 10 cents per foot
construction and colored paper 5 cents per sheet
networked computers (printers on main floor) no charge


Machines are primarily self-serve, except the large laminating machine requires library staff assistance.

For big projects, especially for campus departments and units, the library offers a drop-off service with laminating; turnaround time varies.

Payment for supplies and services is made at the Circulation/Info Desk. Forms for making payment are available in the CRC and at the Circulation/Info Desk. Students and community users should pay cash at the time of purchase. Campus department charges may be billed to departmental accounts.

Questions about production equipment and services can be directed to the Circulation/Info Desk (x3262).

Circulation Policies

Everyone is welcome to browse and use material within the CRC.  CRC books are available for checkout to any of our patrons, as with other books for education.  CRC teaching aids, textbooks, and reference books are available to current students, faculty, and staff.

Material Loan Period              Renewal Period       # Renewals        Grace Period      
CRC books 21 days 21 days 6 7 days
CRC textbooks and teaching aids     21 days 21 days 1 3 days
CRC Reference Books 7 days none none 3 days


As with all library materials, any checked out items must be returned on time and undamaged or fines/fees will be charged. Please remember that other students need access to these resources and so prompt returns are appreciated by everyone!

For detailed information on circulation policies, see:
student borrowing policy | faculty & staff borrowing policy | alumni & community borrowing policy