The primary function of the Education Learning Commons (ELC), formerly the CMTC, is to provide current resources, media and services to Orlean Beeson School of Education students, faculty and staff as they design and utilize instructional materials. The ELC also offers its services and resources to other campus and community organizations; however, priority is  given to school of education patrons.

The ELC consists of four areas: instructional technology lab, open study/meeting area, education library and resource lab. Areas are also available for students to study, relax, work and preview materials.

Location and Directions

The ELC is located on the third floor of the Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall. To get to the ELC, turn into the main entrance into Samford. At the stop sign, turn left. Follow the road around the curve past the football stadium on your left. Continue up the hill to the stop sign. Continue straight. You will see the School of Education on your left.

Hours of Operation

For current hours of operation, please call 205-726-2558. The ELC follows the Samford academic calendar and is open when classes are in session.

Mission and Vision

The ELC advances the mission of Samford University through its approach to education in a Christian environment and training of Teacher Education students, faculty and staff. The ELC seeks to prepare students by providing a variety of educational and technology resources in order to facilitate students’ understanding, acquisition, development, integration and application of knowledge, skills, technology, equity, accountability and dispositions both personally and professionally. The ELC seeks to be a resource for faculty as they prepare professional teacher-leaders and in their role as scholar-teachers by providing both personnel support and other educational and technology resources necessary to maintain a successful Teacher Education program.


  1. The ELC serves as an educational resource and support for students and faculty at Samford University.
  2. The ELC serves as an educational resource for the community and university partners.


  1. Provide students and faculty with current educational resources.
  2. Provide training for students and faculty regarding integrating technology.
  3. Serve as a resource for community service and partnerships.
  4. Provide students and faculty access to technologies and equipment.

Resource Lab

All payments should be made at the ELC circulation desk at the time the materials are used. The ELC does not accept IOUs. The ELC accepts personal checks (payable to Samford University), cash, and charge to department.

  • Bulletin board paper—50 cents per foot
  • Color copies or prints—$1.00 each
  • Construction paper—five cents per sheet
  • Ellison Die Cut Machine—five cents per cut (free for education majors)
  • iPod docking station
  • Laminator—film is $1.50 per foot (60 cents per foot for education majors)
  • Large work tables and sink
  • Miscellaneous office supplies
  • Poster board—$1.00 each
  • Ready-Mark permanent marker kits
  • TV/VCR Cart

Orlean Bullard Beeson Education Library

To Search the Education Library Collection
Go to:
Click on the "View All Libraries" drop-down list and select “Curriculum and Technology”

OBB 300

OBB 300 is a relaxed, open area used by students for studying, working and collaboration. It containes two 52-inch flat-screen televisions and a smart television. It is also used for group meetings. You may reserve OBB 300 by using SPACES.


General Collection

The Orlean Bullard Beeson (OBB) Library houses approximately 1,000 general education print resources, supporting professional education programs in particular and consists of state courses of study, National Standards, periodicals, reference books and professional books. Some professional topics included in the collection are school law and administration, early childhood education, educational research and assessment , multicultural education, effective teaching, and critical thinking.

Textbook Collection

The OBB Library houses more than 2,000 textbooks, including both student and teacher editions. Many textbooks also include supplemental materials such as test banks, workbooks and DVDs. The textbook collection covers all content areas in both the elementary and secondary curriculum.

Robyn B. Cohen Children's Book Collection

In September 2002, the Robyn B. Cohen Children's Book Collection was dedicated to the OBB Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Teacher Education. The funding for the collection was provided by Michael and Carol Cohen in celebration of the life of their daughter, Robyn B. Cohen, a 1998 Samford education major and former student assistant in the ELC. Due to the Cohen's continued giving, the ELC now houses a growing collection of children's and young adult books, including Caldecott and Newberry Award books. Of special interest is our collection of books dealing with children with special needs such as autism, dyslexia and ESL. The collection also covers social issues such as death of a family member, divorce, AIDS and child abuse.

Educational Testing Materials

Testing materials are used by school of education majors when performing tests and assessments in P-12 schools. Testing materials include the Denver II Test Kit, Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA), Kaufman Survey of Early Academic and Language Skills (K-Seals), Woodcock-Johnson III, and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III).

Circulation Policy


Books are available for checkout to all Samford students, faculty, staff and alumni. Books from the children’s collection, general collection, and textbooks may be checked out for two weeks. Reference materials, Alabama Courses of Study, National Standards and dissertations may not be checked out.


Faculty, staff and students of Orlean Beeson School of Education with a valid Samford University I.D. may check out available audio-visual materials through the ELC. Audiovisual materials may be checked out overnight.


Faculty, staff and students of Orlean Beeson School of Education with a valid Samford University I.D. may check out available equipment through the ELC. The highest priority for use of this equipment is to support classroom instruction in the school of education. All other uses are subject to equipment availability. Repeated failure to return equipment on time or in its condition at the time of checkout will result in barring from future checkout privileges. Equipment may be checked for one night only, unless previously arranged. To reserve equipment, please call 205-726-2987.

Educational Testing Materials

Faculty, staff and students of Orlean Beeson School of Education with a valid Samford University I.D. may check out testing materials overnight.

Technology Lab

The technology lab, located in OBB 410, is equipped with 15 mobile and wireless Windows 10 Laptop computers and an HP Laserjet 8100DN Black and White Printer. Software includes Microsoft Office 365, SPSS, Boardmaker and Windows Movie Maker. You may reserve the lab through SPACES.