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Professional Resource Library

The ASCY Professional Resource Library is a hub for educators to come together to explore, learn, share and borrow resources. Our team invites community partners to join us in this space, which features a cozy corner for connecting with colleagues, learning together, and on-site mentoring.

Art Canvas and Materials
Art Books and Tools


The ASCY Professional Resource Library now utilizes an online platform designed to streamline your borrowing process! Discover all our resources at your fingertips, from books to loose parts, all easily accessible with just a few clicks!

You are still welcome to come in to browse. We continue to sell loose parts and provide free recycling materials in person.

A minimum charge may accompany certain services.

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

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

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