Realia Collection Gives Students “Hands-On” Experience

February 15, 2012 at 10:00 am


Studying the life cycle of the honey bee?   Want to gaze at the stars with a telescope?  Curious about what an actual plant cell looks like?  The Library’s Realia Collection — over 500 items featuring models, telescopes, microscopes and more — is available for checkout.

The term realia generally refers to things in the Library’s collection which are three-dimensional, although items like posters and charts are included in this category as well.  Realia is a terrific way for students to go beyond the texbook and gain hands-on experience with the topics they’re studying.  Plus, using realia is fun!

The Loan Policy for Realia is as follows:

7 day loan period (with no grace period)

Cannot be renewed

Fines: $1/day, maximum 10% of item cost

No holds allowed

Must be returned to the library from which it was checked out

Cannot be returned in the book drop

Lost or damaged items are billed for the full cost.  You may not check out any other items until fines are resolved.

To search for these materials, follow these instructions:

Visit the library’s website at  Select the “Catalog” link and type the word realia into the Keyword box.  Once the results have appeared, click on the title of the item you need to find out more about it.

For more information about materials or events @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit


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