The CESA 5 van will stop at each school district one day a week to deliver and pick up any materials you have reserved. Please adjust your reservations and "return by" dates accordingly. ALL districts receiving CESA 5 services are on the van delivery route.  Please click on the Van Delivery Route Schedule to find your delivery day of the week. 

All items in the SEIMC/IMC libraries are due after 3 weeks/21 days. PLEASE be certain that items are returned on the CESA van on your van delivery date. If they are not returned in time, they are delayed by at least 1 week for the next person. You may renew items two times (if they are not reserved by someone else). Contact Jody Pederson ( to renew. 

Check-Out Policies: SEIMC member district staff  and CESA 5 employees have unlimited check-out privileges (may reserve unlimited number of items from all collections in the CESA 5 Media Center) for the standard check-out period (3 weeks). They may renew materials two times if no other teacher has requested the item. We request that materials be returned after two renewals for inventory purposes. 

Non-SEIMC member districts can check out materials valued at less than $300 for $25 per check-out period (3 weeks). This fee is assessed per item, per check-out period. 
Materials valued at more than $300 will be checked out for $25 per week. We request that non-SEIMC member staff receive approval from their supervisor prior to reserving materials. 

The CESA 5 SEIMC (Special Education Instructional Materials Center) is home to over 1,600 instructional, assistive equipment and materials. These SEIMC items can be used with students who have special learning challenges, and have been specially selected to support students of differing abilities, ages, disabilities and needs. Additionally, many publishers understand the importance of all teachers previewing and using their materials prior to purchasing for their classroom; therefore we are also home to many preview materials donated by publishers. 

Staff are able to trial materials and equipment with students prior to requesting that the district purchase. This is what one CESA 5 SLP had to say....
I talked to the student's district today and I think they are going to order it for us! Thank you Judi for finding this and getting it so we could try it first! That helped a lot in "selling" the idea, that we had tried it and it worked well. 
Elizabeth Hipke
Speech/Language Pathologist

If you would like to see what materials are available in the SEIMC, you can go to the online catalog

The catalog system used by the CESA 5 media center is Alexandria. 
The Alexandria Home Screen offers three search options for patrons. Scout, Researcher and Mobile

Alexandria Home Page

Scout is a simple search engine that provides limited information about materials available in the media center. Entering the name or partial name of an item will bring up a new window with possible matches to your query. Scout will tell you if an item is available and will include brief information regarding this item. Scout does not allow you to reserve an item and only offers limited options. 

Scout search engine

Researcher mode is generally the best option for searching for and reserving materials in the media center. Researcher offers more searching options such as: by Author, Title, Series or Subject. Start by entering the name/type of item in the Search field. Items that are similar will appear below the search field. 

Researcher Search Engine

Click on Details to view a description of the item. Click on Place Reservation to reserve the item. (you must have a SEIMC username and password to make a reservation). A calendar will open with dates that are available for reserving an item. If a date is "locked" that indicates that your district does not get van delivery on those days. Click on an open date & drag to highlight the days/weeks you want the item reserved in your name. Click OK when finished. You should get a confirmation email from the system if your reservation is successful. 
If you do not get a confirmation email, the item was NOT reserved.
Add to List simply enters the name of the item (but not the call number) in a "Temporary basket" which can be viewed or printed out. To check out any of those items, you must return to the item and Place a Reservation. 
Link to this Item provides the URL to the item to copy for future reference or if you want to send the information about the item to someone.
View on the Shelf is a different view of the item photo (if available) on a virtual bookshelf. 

After you have read an item description, click on the X in the upper right corner to return to the "Browsing Shelf" or close the window. 

Item Details page

Mobile is customized for searching the catalog using a mobile device. However, you cannot view details or descriptions of the items or reserve/check out items using the mobile version. 

Mobile Search Engine

You are able to use Researcher on a mobile device to view the descriptions/detail and check out or reserve items using your username and password.

We try to keep our collection updated in the SEIMC which means making space for newer items. We have a number of older but still valuable materials that we have deleted from our stacks. Some of the materials haven't been checked out for many years and some are "sample packets" from publishing companies that contain just a few resources from a grade level, but could still be used for other purposes in the classroom. Check out our Free Items Page! We will regularly add items as we delete them, so be sure to check often. They are offered on a "first come, first served" basis.