Teachers and students are important members of the community served by the Batavia Public Library District.  While we are not a substitute for the school library, we can be an additional source of information and assistance. To help us serve you more efficiently, we have compiled a few “Tips for Teachers.” 




Classes within the Batavia Library District are welcome to visit the Library for a tour or short program. Librarians also visit schools. Call the Youth Services department at (630)-879-1393 ext. 500 to schedule a visit for students in Preschool through grade 8. Please make requests for visits at least two weeks in advance.


The Library subscribes to a number of online databases that may be helpful for your students. These range from language learning activities to in depth material on ancient civilizations and more. All of these fully vetted resources can be accessed from within the Library. Use your Batavia Public Library Card for off-site access. See what’s available now in the FOR KIDS section.




Visit or call the Library, or search the Library’s online catalog at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org to find out what materials are available before creating your assignments.


Notify the Library as far in advance as possible of the assignment and arrange for acceptable alternatives. Mass assignments on a specific subject result in the first few students borrowing all of the available materials. The Library has created a simple and brief “Assignment Alert” form  that all teachers are encouraged to use in advance of any project assigned to students. This form is available at the Library, as well as online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org


Be willing to accept page or chapter references from books, magazine and newspaper articles, and/or articles from general or specialized encyclopedias or dictionaries, as well as citations from online reference sources. An entire book on a limited subject may not exist or be available at research time.


Check for availability of materials at the appropriate reading level for your students.


Give research assignments in writing, as early as possible. Encourage your students to bring copies of these assignment handouts with them when they visit the Library. An advance copy sent to the Library is also very helpful. Written assignments make it easier for students to accurately explain their needs.


Give students a choice on reading lists. Be willing to let them ask a librarian to help them choose a similar title if copies of the desired title are unavailable. 




The Library is happy to arrange delivery of teacher request items via the school district van. These requests must be made through the school’s LRC director.


Teachers are welcome to borrow items from the Library using their personal library cards. These items cannot be delivered.


Valid Library cards from neighboring public libraries are accepted at the Batavia Public Library. Students and teachers should apply for a library card from their home library. 






Preschool, Elementary and Middle School teachers are invited to contact the Youth Services Department at (630)-879-1393 ext. 500 for assistance.

Youth Services Staff:

Joanne Zillman, Head of Youth Services;  

Amanda Vanderwerf, School Liaison Librarian; 

Ruth Arrott, Joleen Batek, Amy Hong, Carol Matic, Kathleen Redmon, Jennifer Connon