Who is eligible to borrow library books and other items?
- Current students and employees of the Seattle Colleges District
- Washington State community college students
How do I get a library card?
Your current student ID is your library card. If you don't have a student ID card, you may use a valid picture ID.
How long can I borrow items?
||Number of Renewals
|Books and Kits (except reference books)
|Magazines, Newspapers and Journals (except current issues)
|DVDs (from Media Collection)
|Videos/ DVDs (from Media Reference/Reserves Collection)
||4 hours, in-library only
How can I renew what I've borrowed?
You have three options:
- Online by accessing your library account.
- In person at the Circulation Desk.
- By telephone to 206.934.4050.
What is the fee for overdue or lost items?
When items are overdue for more than three weeks, you will be billed for the cost of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee. If the item is returned there is no fine.
What happens if I damage something I borrowed?
You will be charged for damaged library materials up to the full cost of the item plus a processing fee, depending on the extent of the damage.
What happens if I have charges on my account?
A block will be placed on your school records until you have paid for the item or returned it. The block suspends your library borrowing privileges, prevents you from registering, graduating, adding or dropping classes, or receiving grades, transcripts or financial aid. This block is removed when you return or pay for the overdue materials. Contact the Library Circulation Supervisor immediately to arrange to pay fees and reinstate library privileges and access to academic records.
Can I borrow from the libraries at North Seattle and South Seattle Colleges?
Yes. Current students and employees can use our interlibrary loan (ILL) service to place a hold on circulating books, periodicals, videos, and music held in other Seattle Colleges libraries. Go to the Library Catalog and sign in with your MySeattleColleges.edu email username and password. Search for the item you'd like to borrow, then choose to Get It > Request, and fill out the online form.
How long do I have to wait for an interlibrary loan request?
In general, there's a two–day turnaround time on ILL requests among the Seattle Colleges. Library users are notified by email when their material arrives, and given one week to check them out from the Circulation Desk.
How much does it cost to borrow from the libraries at North or South?
In–district ILL service is free. Note: This service is not available if you have outstanding fines or overdue books.
Can I borrow from libraries beyond the other Seattle Colleges?
Sure. Librarians can help you use the WorldCat database to identify libraries across the country and around the world that have the items you need.
Is it free to borrow from other libraries?
You will be charged a fee only if the lending library charges for Interlibrary Loan service. You can specify a maximum amount you are willing to pay when placing the request; if the fee exceeds this amount, the request will be canceled and you will be notified. Requests from Washington State Community and Technical Colleges are free but all other institutions require a fee.
How do I make an interlibrary loan request outside Seattle Colleges?
Submit your request for out-of-district Interlibrary Loan(s) to a reference librarian
, by phone, 206.934.5421, or online request form
. We are able to loan to current students and employees of the Seattle Community College District and Washington State Community College. Before requesting ILL services, please check the library catalog and databases
for readily available resources. ILL requests from public libraries should be placed by the requester through the public library.
View participating Washington Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC) Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (2017).
Typical requests take one to three weeks for delivery. This service may be unavailable during quarter breaks. Turnaround time depends on the lending library and the postal system. You can email us with you questions to ILL.Central@seattlecolleges.edu.