About Us

The Curriculum Materials Library is part of the Grand Valley State University Libraries. We offer a sampling of high-quality, K-12 instructional materials, which are available for check out and use, primarily by the GVSU students and faculty, but alumni, the surrounding community and MeLCat Visiting Patrons have access to our materials and machines as well.

Our collection is located in two areas. The Curriculum Materials Library (CML), located downtown Grand Rapids in the Richard M. DeVos Center, houses a diverse collection of puppets, teaching aids, big books, print materials and educational machines.  A collection of K-12 print materials is housed on the 4th floor of the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale Campus.

CML Collection Tour

CML Equipment Tour



Borrowing Policies at GVSU Libraries:

Borrowing Policies

Collection Policy for the Curriculum Materials Library

Our purchases are prioritized to make sure that materials which directly support course work are available at our location.  Materials selection criteria consider the potential use of the materials on both a current and a long-term basis. Materials should receive favorable reviews in the professional literature of a given subject field or in a standard review source. Materials should also support the current courses at GVSU.

Suggestions for purchase by faculty and students are followed up with a review search, if at all possible. Choice of each item is based on its relationship to the Curriculum Materials Library collections and its contribution to stated collection development policies.

Collection Policy

Orientation Sessions

If faculty would like to bring classes to the Curriculum Materials Library (CML), we will be glad to arrange an orientation of the facility. We offer several types of orientations, depending on the needs of the students and class objectives.

  • A general or subject specific orientation of the Curriculum Materials Library takes about 20-30 minutes. It includes an explanation of the materials available for checkout and a description of our educational machines.
  • If faculty would like the students to receive library research instructions at the Steelcase Library, a combination orientation can be arranged.

Orientation Policies

  • Orientations are to be scheduled at least one week in advance.
  • Faculty must attend the orientation with their class.

For more information, contact Donna Oster at (616) 331-7084 or osterd@gvsu.edu

Lesson Planning Success at the CML

Lesson Planning Tips

Lesson Planning Tips

Need help finding quality online lesson planning sites?  Check out our lesson plan list, found on the research tab.


Directions to the Curriculum Materials Library (CML), GVSU Pew Campus - Grand Rapids, Mi:

The Curriculum Materials Library is located in the Richard M. DeVos Center, Building A, Room 201 on the downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus.  Enter building A by the clock tower. The CML is in room 201, on the second floor of building A, directly above the Steelcase Library.

Pew Campus Map

Curriculum Materials Library
Rm. 201A DeVos Center
401 West Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 331-7084

Student Jobs

Are you interested in working at the Curriculum Materials Library?  Check out the job description below, fill out an application and bring it to the Curriculum Materials Library.

Job Description:

Assist patrons with locating books, periodicals or other support materials using the library online catalog. Check materials in and out and re-shelve returned materials. Must be able to operate and train patrons with laminating, binding, button making, poster making, and Ellison die cutting machines. Training will be provided. Other job duties include, assisting with collection maintenance, answering the telephone, operating a cash register, as well as, all other duties assigned. A variety of shifts are available from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Education majors preferred.

CML Job Application