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Due to limited staffing, library open hours are 9am - 2pm, Monday thru Thursday. Please follow link, Winter 2022 LIBRARY SERVICES for more information.

Winter 2022

Library Services



Winter 2022 OPEN HOURS:

Library hours are 9am - 2pm, Monday thru Thursday, and closed on Friday 9remote services only). Study rooms are available by reservation for individual use only. We continue to offer remote services via chat, email, and phone.

Library Services


BorrowingStudents and employees can request books and other main collection materials from the Seattle Central College library. Most items will check out for the entire quarter and will be due back on the last day of the quarter. All items overdue 30 days or longer will result in a replacement cost fee.

Only items located in the Seattle Central College Library collection are available for request. 

These items include:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • DVDs, videos, and CDs

Overdue fines are temporarily suspended. However, overdue items are subject to replacement cost fines. All items overdue 20 days or longer will result in a replacement cost fine.

The Library will send all notifications by email only to Seattle Colleges' email addresses. It is the patron's responsibility to monitor their college email. Replacement costs for all items are the cost to replace the item itself. The Library reserves the right to review this policy on a case-by-case basis. We understand each student's situation is different and the library will work with you to resolve any issues.

Borrowers Who Can Place Holds:

  • Students currently enrolled in the Seattle Colleges District 
  • Faculty and staff currently employed by the Seattle Colleges District

All items can be picked up at the circulation desk. Additional pick-up options are available by request as staff time allows.


Users can place holds at Seattle Central College library, Wood Tech Center, and Health Education Center

Watch a video on How to Place a Hold for pick up or follow the instructions below.

How the Process Works: 

1. Place your holds 

Request your items via our  library catalog. 

2. Wait for your pick-up notice 

When your hold is ready for pickup, you'll receive an email notification from Seattle Central College Library with the subject "Library Pickup Notice". 

3. Pick up your hold

Items can be picked up at the Circulation desk during the library's open hours.

You will be asked to provide photo identification.   

4. Once you pick-up the items 

Most items check out for the entire quarter and will be due back on the last day of the quarter.

5. Time limit on holds 

Unclaimed items will be returned to the shelves within 14 days of notification. You will need to request the items again if you are still interested in them. 

How to Cancel a Hold: 

You can cancel your holds by logging into your library account or by contacting a library staff at circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu.


Electronic Collections:  including ebooks, research databases, and streaming videos are available from the library homepage. Use the Quick Find search box to get started or use the A-Z list of databases.

All current students and employees can access electronic collections from the library homepage. Users will be prompted to enter their MySeattleColleges email address and password to access these resources.


Where can I find my textbook? Find your required textbook for purchase at the Bookstore.

Course Reserves
For best results, under the drop-down menu, select 'Course Reserves' and use search parameters:  course name &number, such as, 'MATH 151' or title of the book or author. Search for available textbooks. 

Reserves is an in-person service since September 2021; online requests for pick up are no longer available. 

Cannot find the item? You can search our eBook collection at Seattle Central ebook collection, or contact Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Scanning for students is available. To request scanning services, fill out the online form.

COURSE RESERVES - Scanning Services  

Scanning service is available for faculty and students. Library staff will scan limited portions of course reserves textbooks based on Fair Use criteria and staff capacity.

All requests will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a current Seattle College employee or registered student.
  • The library must own a Course Reserves copy of the requested material.
  • The library can scan a limited portion as allowed under Fair Use Criteria and staff time. Whole items cannot be scanned.
  • All requestees must read and agree to the terms of Copyright Compliance when submitting a request.

Once a request is submitted it will take 1-2 days for it to be reviewed for approval. We will email the requestee the results of the assessment and library staff will inform you of the results and timeline. Please note that the process can take a minimum of a week before completion.

The library cannot purchase books for scanning at this time. We will gladly accept personal copies. Please contact us at circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu to arrange an appointment to drop off personal copies. 

FOR FACULTY: Limited scanning is available for faculty. Access the library's course reserve collection to see if we have your textbook. To request scanning use the Faculty Reserves Scan Request Form. Place an item on reserve using Reserve Form.

Need assistance? Contact your librarian liaisonQuestions? Please direct questions to circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu.

FOR STUDENTS: Student Scanning Service is available and can request a limited number of scans for any one item. Any amount over that limit will require students to reach out to their instructors for help accessing the materials.

The provided scans are for the student's personal use and should not be shared. In addition, these scans are only intended for use during the time when public health measures prevent access to copies on physical reserves at the library. Access to scan services will expire at the end of the quarter.

Access the library's course reserve collection to see if we have your textbook. To request scanning of Course Reserves, use Student Reserves Scan Request Form. Please direct questions to circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu.


Chromebooks, webcams, hotspots, and headsets are available for check out for current students and employees during the quarter. We anticipate a waiting list for hotspots and all equipment is in high demand. Faculty and staff may request other types of equipment needed for work and teaching as well. All requests will be accommodated as quickly as possible and as supplies are available.  

To request equipment, complete an Equipment Request Form. This form requires you to log in using your student or employee "Myseattlecolleges" account. You will be contacted with pick-up instructions.

All items overdue 30 days or longer will result in a replacement cost fee. If you have questions, feel free to call the Seattle Central College library at 206.934.4050 or email us, circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu

IT Help Desk

Having trouble with technology? Check out Central's IT Services website for helpful information. Follow the link to activate your email account or reset your password.

Other Helpful Tech Information

Reserve a Room icon with tableSTUDY ROOMS

Study rooms will be available to reserve for individual use only. Students must schedule study rooms online or at the Circulation Desk; you may be asked to verify your college affiliation with official identification.

Instruction iconINSTRUCTION

Library faculty will provide library instruction through in-person workshops, Canvas modules, by embedding in courses, and through reference services. Faculty can contact their librarian liaison or the reference desk to arrange instruction. In Canvas Commons, search for “Seattle Central College Library” to find the nine information literacy modules that you can import into your courses: 

  • Start your research with the Library Website  
  • Finding and Using Background Research
  • Searching Databases to find articles 
  • Finding Full Text: A Deep Dive
  • Searching for eBooks
  • Developing a research question 
  • Finding and Evaluating Websites 
  • Evaluating Sources using the CRAAP test 
  • Citing sources in MLA Style
  • Cite your sources to avoid plagiarism

Librarians are happy to work with you to customize modules or to construct new modules for your information literacy outcomes. Please contact your liaison librarian to work with us on instruction or Ask-a-Librarian.

Live Chat iconLIVE 24/7 CHAT

Speak directly with Seattle Central Librarians or our partner librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Click the link to start a LIVE CHAT session.

Document with MagnifierRESEARCH HELP

Feeling Stuck?  Need Research Help? Librarians can help.
We continue to provide one-on-one research appointments via Zoom. Research appointments can help you select a research topic, find credible sources for a paper, create citations for your sources, or just talk through something you feel "stuck" on in your research. 

Library In-person Reference and Research Help
Monday through Thursday 8am - 5pm


Click the link to schedule a Research Appointment session. A confirmation email containing a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent after the appointment is scheduled.

Available Hours: 
Monday - Thursday: 10am - noon  |  4pm - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

NOTE: We are willing to figure out a better time to help if the hours don't work with your schedule. Send an email or leave a voice message to assist with a mutually convenient time.

How to Place a Hold

This video will walk you through the steps on how to place a hold for pickup at Seattle Central College.

How to Book a Research Appointment

How to Book a Research Appointment