How to Create a Reference Library for Your Students

How often do students ask you to print off images to use as reference materials for projects? In my classroom, this happens almost every day! I was tired of sending students to the computer lab to print images, so I came up with an easier method. Instead of having a traditional reference library of books, I created a reference library of images. To find out how to make your own, be sure to watch the video!

Do you have a library in your art room?

How often do students use reference photos in your classroom?

4 months ago

Abby Schukei

Abby is a middle school art teacher in Omaha, NE. She focuses on creating meaningful experiences for her students through technology integration, innovation, and creativity.


  • Michelle Mathias

    Where do you get the imagery? And how do you go about protecting it for prolonged usage?

    • Abby Schukei

      When I taught elementary (on a cart) I used to make themed reference packets to take to the classrooms with me. This included copies from books and images from online. Now when I find a good calendar or book, I’ll put it in the corresponding space. When students ask to print something out I add it to my collection when they are done! I generally have large packets stapled together and that allows them to stay in pretty good shape!

  • Tracy Paul

    this is a really great idea! I am totally making a reference library for my middle school class!

    • Abby Schukei

      I know my middle schoolers really like having this resource to access, yours will too!