The Resources Library (sometimes called Teaching Practice or TP) is where you will find material to help you while you are on your Teaching Practice placement. Stock within the Resources Library is comprised of books and big books plus non-book material, namely audio cassettes, CDs, CD-ROMs, multimedia packs, videos and DVDs. The Resources Library uses the same classification system as the Main Library, the Dewey Decimal system.
Anyone can borrow from the Resources library as part of their loan entitlement. However education students are entitled to an additional 15 resource items as well as their main library allocation. If you wish these can be all books, or you can have a mixture of the items listed above except for DVDs, videos, CDs and audio cassettes as these are classed as main library stock. When on placement it is your responsibility to renew items as fines will still be charged.
Most resource items may be borrowed for a five week period, unless classed as a restricted weekly loan, identifiable by a green date label and dot on the spine of the book. Videos, CDs, audio cassettes, DVDs and CD-ROMs are classed as main library loans and are issued for a three week period.
Other Library Services
Plymouth Schools Library Service
Plymouth Schools Library Centre at The Library Annex, Central Library, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AL may be able to provide materials for your use in Plymouth Schools. You must arrange this service through your placement school. Visit their website for further information.
Devon Schools Library Service
If you are based in a Devon or Torbay school it may be possible to borrow stock from the School Library Service, who have a centre at Wllland near Cullompton.
Visit their website at http://www.devonsls.org.uk/for further information.
Cornwall Education Service and Resource Centre
An INSET collection is available from Cornwall Education Library Service for use by teachers and students nationwide. For more information visit http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=25144 , ring 01872 323456 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCONUL Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries of the UK and Ireland. It enables staff, research students, full time postgraduates and all part-time, distance learning and most placement students to borrow material from other libraries.
More information regarding SCONUL Access can be obtained from the SCONUL Access website or by contacting the Library Enquiry desk