Access 2016-2017

A Teacher's Guide to Public Library Services

Teacher Packs
Call your local library one week in advance to request a selection of books to check out for your classroom.  Seasonal items may be limited due to popular demand.

Teacher Cards

To be eligible for a Teacher Card:

  • You must teach in a Richland County School (with the exception of Shelby Local Schools)
  • You must have a valid M/RCPL Library Card
  • Your Library Card must be in good standing

To apply for a Teacher Card:

  • Bring your school ID, pay stub, or proof that you work in a Richland County School
  • Bring your M/RCPL Library Card
  • Bring two forms of identification, one with your current address, if you do not have a vaild M/RCPL Library Card

The following items can be checked out for 6 weeks on a Teacher Card (with no renewals):

  • Books
  • Music CDs
  • Audio Books

These items can be checked out for 1 week on a Teacher Card:

  • Informational and older Entertainment DVDs (7day)
  • Blu-Ray (7day)

These items cannot be checked out on a Teacher Card:

  • New  DVDs (3day)
  • 14 Day Audio Books
  • 14 Day Books
  • Speed Readers
  • Blu-Ray (3 day)
  • Video Games

Fines will be charged for overdue materials. The replacement fee for up to two books may be waived, but you will need to pay for any audio-visual materials that are lost.  Let us know immediately if any items are lost.

Any questions, contact Deborah Dubois at 419-522-3001.

We can put together lists of materials on a particular topic for groups.  Contact Deborah Dubois at 419-522-3001 at least one month in advance to request a booklist.

Training on early literacy skills, using library materials and databases in the classroom, or other topics related to the library and reading is available at your location or in the Library. Great for parent groups, teacher in-service or special school events. Contact Deborah Dubois at 419-522-3001 to schedule a speaker or workshop for your group.

Programs for Students
These enrichment programs will enhance your students’ understanding of lessons taught in the classroom. Call your local library at least three weeks in advance to schedule a program.

For Grades K-6

The Art of Illustration Learn about the different art forms used in children’s picture books and about the Caldecott Award given for book illustration. (grades K-5)
A Newbery Sampler Learn about the Newbery Award and hear booktalks from an assortment of Newbery winning books. (grades 4-6)
Folktales and Fairy Tales Enjoy the richness of familiar and updated versions of our favorite childhood stories. (grades K-5)
Poetry Pizzazz Open the door to new adventures as we explore the art of poetry. (grades 3-6)
Discovering Richland County Expose your students to the history of Richland County and explore the area today. (grades 4-6)
Let's Go Ohio What makes Ohio special? We will highlight interesting facts about Ohio and encourage students to discover more. (grades 3-6)
Amazing Authors Investigate the life and works of the author of your choice. (grades K-6)
Multicultural Stories Pack your bags and take a trip around the world as we discover stories from many lands. (grades K-5)

Story Theater Participate in the art of Picture Telling by illustrating and telling a story as a group. (grades 1-6)

For All Grades

Booktalks Get your students excited about reading with booktalks from a selection of books on a theme of your choice.
Library Orientation Discover the resources available at the library and learn how to find them with a guided tour and introduction.
Class Research Projects Bring your class to the Library to research those special projects via the library's electronic resources.
Webtalk Explore web sites especially selected to enhance students' understanding of your lessons. To schedule this technology program, call Deborah Dubois at 419-522-3001.

Assignment Alert
Help us help your students

To give your students the best chance for completing an assignment, please help us give your students the best possible service.

  • Give us a call before you give a library assignment, or use the Assignment Alert form on our web site. If we have advance notice, we can make more materials available for students.
  • Check out the library before you give an assignment to make sure that information needed is available.
  • Ask for a reserve shelf when a large number of students need to use the same materials.
  • Give students a choice of topics. If they are looking for a variety of subjects, students have a better chance of finding what they need.

If we work together, your students will be able to get what they need at the library.

Library Web Site
The library's web site at is a great place to begin looking for help with lesson plans. You can access our library catalog to see what materials are available on your subject, then use the Assignment Alert form to let us know what your class is doing. Our programs and services are explained on the web site with a calendar to aid in your planning. Visit us on the Web.

Research Databases
The library has several research databases available on our web site that can be used to find valid resources for assignments or lesson plans right from school or home. Information from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and even test prep sources can be found. You will need your library card number to access these databases. Check out our Research Database page at to get started.

Main Library 419-521-3100

Children's Department 419-521-3130
Adult Services 419-521-3110
Audio Visual Services 419-521-3120
Circulation 419-521-3140
TDD/Voice 419-521-3113

Branch Libraries

Bellville Branch 419-886-3811
Butler Branch 419-883-2220
Crestview Branch 419-895-0010
Lexington Branch 419-884-2500
Lucas Branch 419-892-2576
Madison Branch 419-589-7050
Ontario Branch 419-529-4912
Plymouth Branch 419-687-5655

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