Research Library Resources

Books sitting on a wooden file cabinet, waiting to be used, with a sign that reads "Samuel P. Hayes Research Library" behind.

Books on top of the wood filing cabinets in the Hayes Research Library.



Monday through Friday
8:15 am to 4:15 pm

The Research Library gets a number of requests from students, researchers, community members, and others. We're always glad to help with questions by email (preferred) or phone, but have collected some additional resources and information about common topics below.

Online Resources:

  • Research Library Catalog: Search our catalog to find over 48,000 items including books, dissertations, journal articles, pamphlets and other items related to blindness, deafblindness, blindness education and the history of Perkins. Help with searching the catalog is also available.
  • School project resources for students in kindergarten to grade 12.
  • Perkins Archives and digital collections: Many items in our Archives are available online. The Archives website provides details about these collections and many other items relating to Perkins history, such as: Samuel Gridley Howe, Laura Bridgman, Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller (along with other individuals associated with Perkins.)
  • Scout is an information clearinghouse with online resources on all aspects of visual impairments and blindness, maintained by the Research Library staff.
  • Directory of Massachusetts Agencies Serving Individuals Who Are Blind is a searchable list of services for persons who are blind or visually impaired in Massachusetts. The Directory search from the American Foundation for the Blind lists a variety of resources and can be searched by state or province as well as type of service.
  • The Research Library has a subscription to ERIC Full Text, a database of journal articles, dissertations, and other research material focused on education. Access is available to members of the general public while visiting the Research Library.

Resource Lists:

A variety of resource guides and bibliographies are available on the Research Library catalog documents area. 

Documents are available by going to the Search menu, selecting Documents, and entering any search terms. You can enter an asterisk (*) by itself in the All Fields search area to get a list of all documents. 

Subject Guides provide resources for specific types of questions, and link to additional resources and searches. They include: 

  • Historical resources: Information about the history of Perkins, blindness education, and famous (and less well-known) people in the blindness community. 
  • Practitioner Resources: Material for practitioners in the field including selected resources on specific topics. 
  • Distance services: Details about the services we can provide at a distance. 


Deaf-Blind Information Consortium

The Hayes Research Library at Perkins is part of the Deaf-Blind Information Consortium, a project to improve the coordination of information and resources about deafblindness available to families and service providers throughout the United States. The following provides descriptions of the other consortium members. 

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness is a federally-funded technical assistance (TA) project. It has an in-depth website with information and products to support its TA as well as information of use to families, service providers, and the general public. NCDB also shares information through webinars and responses to inquiries. They have a strong collection of materials that began in 1992. NCDB also has a separate site on literacy called Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss.

The American Printing House for the Blind creates and manufactures a variety of materials to support learners who are blind or deaf-blind. Their National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is a federally-funded online file repository of K-12 textbooks. The Barr Library and M.C. Migel Library provide research and historical materials about blindness and visual impairment, including multiple disabilities. 

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation provides support for individuals with CHARGE, their families, and those who serve them. Their website provides information on all aspects of CHARGE syndrome including diagnosis, medical features, behavior, education, communication, and recreation. They also facilitate a Facebook page and groups to respond to questions, provide email newsletters, and sponsor research. Their signature event is a biennial conference that allows families to network with each other and learn from professionals. 

The Described and Captioned Media Program offers the largest collection of freely-available accessible educational media for use with students who have a disability, including those who are deafblind. Materials cover all curricular areas for early learners through grade 12 and are aligned with state and national standards. A few items focus on deafblindness as a topic. 

Helen Keller National Center offers courses and informational videos for individuals who are deafblind as well as materials for professionals in the field. Many of their materials are prepared or produced by people who are deaf-blind. Topics include working with deaf-blind adults, haptics, confident living, employment, and transition.

The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) focuses on empowering the voices of families with individuals who are deaf-blind and advocate for their unique needs. In addition to families, its audience includes any individuals, professionals, organizations, or agencies with an interest in this mission. Their materials include family stories about day-to-day experiences and interviews with family leaders.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has an extensive website of materials on the education of students who are visually impaired and deaf-blind, as well as books and curricula available for purchase. In addition, they produce webinars and other resources such as newsletters for educators, families, and students and have collaborated with Perkins on the Active Learning Space and Paths to Literacy websites. A particular strength of TSBVI is the establishment of processes to collect and organize videos of students to use in their own instruction and products and share with other deaf-blind projects.

The Usher Syndrome Coalition has a comprehensive website of information about Usher syndrome. Particular resources include videos about Usher in American Sign Language (ASL), research, and blogs about a variety of topics relevant to individuals and families. 

Washington Sensory Disabilities Services provides services to individuals in Washington state, but also has excellent resources, including videos, on their website that anyone can access. Topics include deafblind instructional practices, infant-toddler concept development, and materials about options for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.