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Professional Resource Library

The ASCY Professional Resource Library is a gathering place full of invitations and provocations for educators to explore, investigate, share and borrow. Our team welcomes community partners to gather in our PRL which includes a cozy connection corner where educators can meet colleagues, co-learn and study new ideas through current resources, books, articles and on-site mentoring.

Art Canvas and Materials
Art Books and Tools

Resources

The ASCY Professional Resource Library is now selling loose parts as well as continuing to provide free recycling materials when available.

Certain services are accompanied by a minimum charge.

  • Resource bins/books and DVDs
  • Invitations and Provocations
  • Wifi
  • Freecycle Area – Free to members
  • Cozy reflective space
  • Coil Binder
  • Laminator
  • Paper Cutter
  • Boardmaker picture communication symbols computer program
  • Photocopier black & white/colour
  • Button Maker

Professional Resource Library Membership Information

Professional Resource Library memberships are open to residents and employees who work with or provide care for children in the city of Hamilton. 

This membership provides:

  • Use of Professional Resource Library and lending services
  • Use of the Professional Resource Library equipment and work area
  • ASCY e-Professional Learning Brochures
  • ASCY is an adult-oriented work environment, therefore, for health, safety and liability reasons, individuals under the age of 16 are not allowed on the premises when equipment is being used.

We also offer Day Passes for $5.00.

Library Hours of Service

Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday (2nd and 4th of the month) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

We are closed all statutory holidays.

Please Note: The Professional Resource Library is closed Statutory Holidays, ALL Saturdays of Holidays, ALL Saturdays of Holiday and Summer Weekends (July to mid August), and the days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

Wooden Blocks and Design Cards
Creating Faces with Rocks

Frequently Asked Questions

How many items can I sign out?

Up to 10 items

Can I bring my children with me on my visit to the ASCY Professional Resource Library or an outreach location?

If you are using any equipment, children under the age of 16 are NOT permitted on-site. For a quick (5-minute max) resource lending or return are allowed on-site under your immediate supervision.

Can I bring a guest to the Professional Resource Library?

Guests over the age of 16 are welcome. If using ANY equipment, they must purchase a day pass ($5.00)

How do I make sure I return everything I take out?
In every bin, there is a parts list. Check the parts list when you get home and call us if something is missing. Use the parts list to ensure all pieces are returned to the bin.
Beads, Rocks and Picture Frames
Coloured Felt Bowls and Balls
Variety of Wooden Bases and Sticks
Coloured Scarves