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Resource Center

TTC Resource & Outreach Center

The Teachers College Resource and Outreach Center (TROC) provides support for the educational needs of The Teachers College faculty, students, and staff through the lending of instructional-related materials, the demonstration of technology equipment, and the service of on-site and virtual outreach.

Our priority is to assist students and faculty in teacher education preparation programs.

  • Our collection of over 20,000 materials includes picture books, young adult literature, graphic novels, award books, professional books, test prep materials, and other instructional resources to assist in the growth of knowledge about teaching.
  • We are the “tech hub” for TTC with a greenscreen room, podcasting equipment, CriCut and t-shirt design equipment, lightboard, 3D printers, and more.
  • Collaborative space is available for class and group activities. However, we have study spaces for individuals too.

2021 Lego Fest

Join us for Lego Fest 2022!

This mini-conference, on National Lego Day, will demonstrate ideas for incorporating Legos in education for story telling, language building, and basic coding.

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2022 Reading Recovery Conference


The annual early literacy conference offered by Emporia State University The Teachers College and Reading Recovery® has entered a new stage. Now joined by the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center, The Teachers College Resource Center, the first annual Literacy Changes Lives Conference will be held in 2022!

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Search Our Collection

Search our collection of resources from picture books and YA novels to tabletop games and instructional kits.

Our Academic Resources

Access our list of resources for selecting books, study materials, recommended tools provided by the Libraries + Archives and State Library of Kansas, and more.

Technology and Services

We have laptops, podcasting equipment, a lightboard, a greenscreen room, a CriCut Cutter, a variety of lamination sizes, and much more.

Workshops & Events

View our event calendar for upcoming workshops, available recordings, and events.

William Allen White Library

The campus Libraries + Archives provides access to over 150 databases, thousands of print materials, and research help.

Book a Reservation

Are you interested in reserving our green screen room? Do you want to bring your class to TROC to see our resources? Check out our multiple booking options for the greenscreen, podcasting equipment, lightboard, tours, and more.

Contact Us

Circulation desk: 620-341-5292

Resource Center email:

Bethanie O'Dell, Director

Christie Zlab, Office Manager


Visser Hall 224

Mailing Address:

Campus Box 4036
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

Hours & Information

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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TROC Policies and Procedures

The Teachers College Resource and Outreach Center makes education materials accessible to students, faculty, and staff at ESU, and area educators.

About Us

Established in the summer of 1979, the Resource and Outreach Center (TROC), formerly known as the Resource Center was developed as "a model of inter-institutional cooperation." The center was designed to combine the resources collections of The Teachers College (TTC) and the special needs collections of the Flint Hills Instructional Materials Center, a division of the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative (FHIMC), including seven school districts from Emporia and the surrounding area.

The Teachers College Resource Center experienced a major transition in 2018 as the partnership with FHIMC came to an end. Although the partnership is no longer part of TTC, educators are still able to continue to check out materials from TTC Resource and Outreach Center via our TROC Patron Program.

Additionally, the print collection includes hundreds of books from two generous donors: Gary and Barbara Bleeker. Gary and Barbara Bleeker, former professors at Emporia State University, were the recipients of children and young adult books each year. The Bleekers reviewed many of these for the Topeka Capital Journal and used others in workshops taught throughout the state. These books were later donated to TTC Resource Center to be available for circulation to all and enjoyed by many. TROC's collection has over 10,000 books, with new books added every year.

In 2020, the Resource Center merged with the majority of the Jones Institute of Educational Excellence, merging its tier of professional development with the RC collection. Thus, the Resource Center was renamed to the Resource and Outreach Center and serves to provide instructional materials, utilizing some of the resources from FHIMC and adding new materials, resources, and technology, along with facilitating professional development opportunities, based on the curriculum requests and the interests of The Teachers College faculty and students.