The Queen’s Education Library is a three-floor facility that includes eight collections of resources to support both classroom practice and educational research: a reference collection, children’s books, multimedia classroom resources, lesson resources, Ministry of Education documents, a general research collection, both new and historic textbook collections, and print journal collection. Our library workstations provide access to the major databases in the field and to over 51,000 journals online, including almost 1,000 journals that are specifically education-related.
For more information, please see the Education Library Collection Policy.
Children's and Young Adults Books (K-12 Books)
Includes: award-winning fiction, non-fiction, and picture books that support the Ontario curriculum; titles on Ontario's Forest of Reading program; and a selection of well-known graphic novels.
We carry audio books, DVDs, CDs, videos, kits, games, manipulatives (e.g. reading rods, geometric shapes), puppets, beanbags, baby dolls, music, big books, posters and charts, study prints, boomwhackers, fossils, maps, a learning carpet, and a Rosetta Stone!
Books filled with teaching ideas, lesson plans, reproducibles, and teaching strategies are shelved within specific subject areas (e.g. World War II - D731 - D838; E - U.S. History; FC - Canadian History; G - Geography; PS8001 - Canadian Literature; Q - Science; QA - Mathematics). Check the Library of Congress classification chart for your area. Ontario Curriculum Units (K-8) prepared by the Ministry of Education are integrated in paper copy and are also available online by searching QCAT with the phrase "Ontario curriculum unit planner". These units and many others are also available through eLearning Ontario , a repository for Ontario teachers' lesson plans, interactives learning objectives, and teaching handouts. Our library catalogue also links to online teaching resources such as Be the Change: Instructional Resources for Global Citizenship.
Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Documents
Includes the latest support materials from Curriculum Services Canada and guidelines for all grades (e.g. Environmental Education C.G. 700 .E585 2008). Exemplars and supporting Ministry documents are also shelved here (e.g. Think Literacy, Special Education, English language learners, effective instruction practices, and strategies for literacy and math success).
At the elementary through secondary-school levels, the library covers all practical aspects of teaching and learning from kindergarten through grade twelve including research on current issues in education such as inclusivity, bullying, social justice, literacy, reading, special education, classroom management, globalization, and environmental education. At the post-secondary level, works are included on research in the fields of cognitive studies, cultural and policy studies, curriculum studies, and aboriginal and world indigenous education systems. Specialized areas unique to individual faculty members and research groups are also collected.
400 print journals and 1000s of online education-related journals. QUL currently provides access to over 50,000 electronic journals, including subscribed and freely accessible academic titles. We continue to collect journals in print so they can be browsed for lesson ideas and reproducible. Journals published by teacher associations are not expensive and provide ideas on current education issues and teaching practice. These are made visible to students on the main floor for awareness and browsing purposes. The entire suite of electronic journals from publishers such as Oxford, Cambridge, Maney, Sage, Elsevier, Springer, and Taylor and Francis are available to researchers, many with deep back files. The Library also subscribes to the Association of Learned and Professional Societies Learned Journal Collection, Project Muse, JSTOR, CAIRN, Érudit and Periodicals Archive Online. Periodical acquisition supports all aspects of professional practice, faculty and graduate research, international perspectives, aboriginal education, and core areas of interest in teaching such as special education, subject curriculum in Ontario schools, and literacy.
Ontario Ministry of Education Approved Textbooks
Divided into two collections: New Textbooks: 1998 - present (from the TrilliumList) Historic Textbooks: prior to 1998. Many new textbooks in mathematics and the sciences include an online student textbook with interactive modules and teacher materials.
Faculty of Education Theses and Projects
All Queen's theses from 2007 onwards are available for free download in QSpace. Education theses are online in the Faculty of Education QSpace with paper copies in a separate Education Library collection.
Last Updated: 18 October 2012