The Research Library collects books, journals, articles, dissertations, conference reports, pamphlets, clippings and news items, video recordings and other multimedia materials, along with internet-based information. All of these are cataloged in the Research Library’s online catalog.
Most materials are in print, but we are glad to see what accessible options exist for a particular item – please get in touch and let us know what you’re interested in.
We collect comprehensively in the following areas:
- Education for children who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired (including with multiple disabilities) designed for teachers, parents, schools and communities
- Material designed for teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility instructors and other professionals working in the fields we cover
- Perkins history and key figures in our fields, such as histories, biographies and profiles
- Biographies, memoirs or other published writings by Perkins alumni or staff
We collect representative material in some areas:
- Fictional works, biographies and memoirs, or juvenile materials with significant focus on people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired
- Information about or resources for assistive technology or assistive devices
- News items dealing with contemporary views of blindness, deafblindness, visual impairment, multiple disabilities or disabilities in general
- General educational materials (such as curriculum design, classroom management, behavior) of use to teachers at Perkins
- Local and regional history relevant to Perkins or individuals associated with Perkins
We do not normally collect medical resources, kits or other physical educational tools, materials used directly by students (textbooks, workbooks, classroom aids) or testing forms and kits for providing different assessments.
Please see our Hayes Research Library Policies document for the complete list.