The Educational Technology and Resources Collection contain extensive materials for classroom use, including educational kits, models, charts, globes, games, math manipulatives, educational toys, musical instruments, costume dolls, and much more.

  • Textbooks – many of the textbooks evaluated by the Indiana Department of Education are available in the Educational Technology and Resources Collection, as well as some previously state-adopted textbooks and other selected textbooks on various subjects.
  • Curriculum Guides – Include ready-to-use activities, lesson plans, and other teaching aids.

  • Youth Books - Fiction and non-fiction titles for preschool through grade 12 readers, including oversize books for storytelling, miniature, and pop-up books are available too.
  • Instructional Materials – games, toys, puppets, cultural objects, anatomical models, math and reading manipulatives, flags, musical instruments, taxidermy animals, pictures and posters, and a wide variety of materials for use in the classroom.
  • Circulating Digital Equipment – Laptop computers, data projectors, digital cameras, chargers and cables, flash drives, portable hard drives, CD/DVD drives, record players, webcams, and microphones.
  •  Visual Materials - The Educational Technology and Resources Collection include a vast number of visual resources. Available formats include DVD, VHS videocassettes, 16 mm films, 35 mm slides, and transparencies.
  •  Audio Materials - A variety of sound recordings are included in the Educational Technology and Resources Collection. Available formats include compact discs, audio cassettes and phonodiscs (records). Included in these collections are sound effects and production music (including some royalty-free titles), dramatic readings, poetry, speeches, plays, audiobooks, and various genres of music.
  • Software - PC and Mac educational software, multimedia CD-ROMs, video games, photo CD-ROMs, clip art and other images, and more.

Copyright Information - The materials in this collection may be covered by the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Any person who makes an unauthorized copy or adaptation of these materials, or redistributes, publicly performs or displays the materials except as permitted by Title 17 of the United States Code, may be liable for copyright infringement. As per U.S. Code, Title 17, Section 109, any part of computer software which is copied to the borrower's hard drive or floppy disks must be erased when the program is returned to the library. Copyright concerns may be addressed in the Ball State University Guidelines for Copyright Compliance, or by contacting the Copyright and Intellectual Property Office at 765-285-5330.

Borrowing Information -   Excessive late returns, tampering with equipment or software, or other abuses will result in the revocation of borrowing privileges.

The Educational Technology and Resources Collection materials circulate to students, faculty, and staff of Ball State University upon presentation of a valid Ball State ID card. The basic student and faculty/staff loan period is two weeks with the following exceptions:

• Permanent Reserves - 2 hour in-room use

• Course Reserves - 2 hour and 4 hour, 1 day, 3 day, or 7 day

• Video & film - 4 days

• Circulating digital equipment - Limit one item, per equipment type, per BSU ID. For example: Each person is allowed to check out one laptop, one data projector, one video camera, etc. for 4 days with no renewals.

Resident card and Alumni card holders may borrow video materials (DVD/VHS) for 1 day. Other Educational Technology and Resources Collection materials may be used only in-house. A valid Ball State Resident/Affiliate card is required along with a valid picture ID.

Renewing ETRC Materials - Borrowers have several ways to renew their items, in person at the ETRC circulation desk, over the phone 285-5340, or online by using CardCat.

For more information about checking out materials, see Information for Users