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Welcome to the Library! We are open, 8am - 4pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 8am - 6pm, Tuesday. We are available remotely on Friday.
Find details on borrowing, tech equipment, course reserves, research and reference help, & instructional support at 2022 LIBRARY SERVICES.

Library Services 2022

Library Services


Library Hours:

Welcome to the Library! We are open, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8am - 4pm and 8am - 6pm on Tuesday. We are available remotely on Friday, feel free to contact us at circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu from 9-12.

Seattle Central College encourages masks to be worn until further notice. Please follow the protocols in place, daily wellness form, and COVID19 vaccination requirements.


Library Services


Due to COVID precautions, most items will check out for the entire quarter and will be due back on the last day of the quarter. Only items located in the Seattle Central College Library collection are available for request. You can request books, magazines, DVDs, videos, and CDs.

Overdue fines are temporarily suspended. However, overdue items are subject to a replacement cost fee. All items overdue beyond 7 days will result in a replacement cost. Replacement costs for all items are the cost to replace the item. 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.

The Library will send all notifications by Seattle Colleges' email addresses only. It is the patron's responsibility to monitor their college email. 

Who Can Place Holds?  Currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff in the Seattle Colleges District can place library holds from the catalog.

All items can be picked up at the circulation desk. Additional pick-up options are available by request as staff time allows. Send a request to circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu.


Users can place holds at Seattle College's District Libraries: Central, North, and South College libraries as well as the satellite locations, Health Education Center, and Wood Tech 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 or rent at the Bookstore.

Course Reserves
Currently, we have (1)Day and Quarter Loan check-out services for reserves (textbooks). Loans for (1)Day are due at the end of the day of check out. For best results when
searching the catalog, 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. 

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

COURSE RESERVES - Scanning Services  

FACULTY: Limited scanning is available for faculty. Library staff will scan limited portions of course reserves textbooks based on Fair Use criteria and staff capacity.

Access the library's course reserve collection to see if your textbook is available. To request scanning use the Faculty Reserves Scan Request Form.

All requests will be assessed based on the following:

  • Status must be a current Seattle College employee.
  • 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.
  • All requestees must read and agree to the terms of the copyright compliance for request/s.

The library cannot purchase books for scanning at this time. We will gladly accept personal copies.

Need assistance? Contact your liaison librarian
Need to place an item on reserve? Use this Reserve Form.

Questions? Please direct questions to circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu.


Chromebooks, webcams, hotspots, and headsets are available as supplies last for check out for currently enrolled students at the library. A photo ID is needed to check out tech equipment.

Faculty and staff must request equipment needed for work and teaching from IT; requests are accommodated as supplies are available. The equipment loan is for one quarter and renews with current enrollment. The borrower is responsible to return the equipment when no longer enrolled.

If you have questions, call library staff at 206.934.4050 or email us at circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu

Technology trouble?  Go to IT Services website for helpful information or ask the IT Help Desk. Follow the link to activate your email account or reset your password.

Other Helpful Tech Information:

Reserve a Room icon with tableSTUDY ROOMS

Until further notice study rooms are available for individual and group use. Students can schedule study rooms online or at the circulation desk. A photo ID or an email account is needed to verify college affiliation.

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. 

For current Reference and Research Help hours visit the page, Research Help Services: Ask a Librarian!


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. Need assistance? Send an email or leave a voice message.

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