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About the Collection

The Curriculum Collection, located on the Main Level of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, contains a selection of K-12 instructional materials. This collection is an essential resource for those studying and working in education. Materials are available in a variety of formats, including books, multimedia, computer software, periodicals and educational kits. Our collection is constantly updated and includes award-winning titles including Caldecott, Newbury, Coretta Scott King, and Nutmeg books.

All materials located in the Curriculum Collection may be searched or browsed via the Library Catalog.

In addition to Fairfield University's Curriculum Collection, educators may be interested in visiting Connecticut's State Education Resource Center (SERC) Library, which is open to the public and provides access to comprehensive, diversified, and up-to-date collections of educational resources.



Educational periodicals are located on the Library's Lower Level on the serials shelves or in the microforms room.

Additionally, many educational periodicals are available online, through the library's numerous database subscriptions.

Find Specific Periodical

Selected Periodicals available for children and young adults*:

Boys' Life

Humpty Dumpty's Magazine

Child Development 

Journal of Youth & Adolescence

Children's Digest
Child Life
National Geographic 
Highlights for Children
Children's Playmate
Horn Book Guide
Ranger Rick
Hot Rod
Skipping Stones
Jack and Jill
Girls' Life
U.S. Kids
Junior Scholastic
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Horn Book Magazine 
Canada and the World Backgrounder
Stone Soup

† Also in print collection

* A vast number of periodicals published on the topics of education, psychology, and teaching are also available in hard copy and online through the library's numerous database subscriptions.


Types of Materials

Books and Educational Kits: The Library collects books and hands-on educational resources, or "kits," which can be found in the Curriculum Collection Room or behind the Circulation desk.

Search for Kits

Books and kits in the collection have been divided into five categories:

  • Curric. Ref.
    (Reference Materials) For reference only. Cannot be checked out.
  • Curric. Secondary Education
    Resources for grades 6-12.
  • Curric. ELEM ED
    (Elementary Education): Education resources for grades K-5.
  • Curric. ESL/BB
    (Mulicultural Education/ESL): Resources for teaching ESL and/or in a multicultural environmet.
  • Curric. SPEC ED
    (Special Education): Resources for gifted students or students with special needs.

CD-ROMs/Interactive Multimedia

Due to space limitations in the Curriculum Collection Room, computer software, CD-ROMs and other educational multimedia can be found behind the Circulation Desk.

Find Software


Videos and Music

Due to space limitations in the Curriculum Collection Room, educational video recordings (DVDs or VHS tapes) and music CDs are shelved in the Library's Media Department on the Main Level. For information about the Media Department, click here or view this short video on finding videos in the library.

You can find recommended online sources of media in our Images and Media online guide.

Finding Materials

The Curriculum Collection contains a variety of materials in a small space. To help you navigate the collection, we have provided signs in the room as well as a color-coded shelving system.

Color-Coded Shelving System: Look for these colors on shelf markers and item call numbers.


Color Codes

  • Reference Books no color
  • Items geared to Secondary Education (marked as Curric.)no color
  • ELEM ED (Elementary Education)blue
  • ESL/BB (English as a Second Language/Multicultural Education)green
  • SPEC ED (Special Education)yellow