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BORROW

Borrowing: Students and employees can request books and other main collection materials from Seattle Central College library. 

Borrowing During Remote Operations: 

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

These items include:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • DVDs, videos, and CDs

Most items will check out for the entire quarter and will be due back on the last day of the quarter. All hold requests will be fulfilled on Wednesdays, this means after submitting a request it can take a week before you receive a notification email that your item is ready for pickup. 

Holds Pick Up is by appointment.

Please note, not all Course Reserves items are available for request. To view the current list available, click here.

Borrowers Who Can Place Holds:

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

Fines:

Overdue fines are temporarily suspended. However, overdue items are subject to replacement cost fines and blocks. 

All items overdue 20 days or longer will result in an academic block and a replacement fine for the cost of the item placed on the patron’s record.   

The Library will send a notice by email for overdue materials. It is the patron's responsibility to keep contact information current. Replacement costs for all items are the cost to replace the item itself. The Library reserves the right to review this policy in a case-by-case situation. We understand each student's situation is different and the library will work with you to resolve any issues.


RENEWAL and RETURN

Renewal: The library will automatically renew all checked out items for staff and faculty at the end of the summer quarter. Students can request renewals by filling out Renewal Request Form. Library staff will respond by email within 5 business days.   

Return: Students, faculty, and staff may now make appointments to return library items or tech equipment (Chromebooks, hotspot, etc.) from summer or previous quarters. To schedule an appointment to return your items, please fill out a Return Request Form.


HOLDS PICK UP SERVICE (no contact)

The library will continue to be temporarily closed during the fall quarter. Users may place holds for items at Seattle Central College library and pick them up by appointment at the Broadway main campus building.  

 

How the Process Works: 

1. Place your holds 

Request your items via our library catalog. Only place holds on items located in Seattle Central College Library Collection.  Due to high demand, holds may take longer than usual to be filled.

2. Wait for your pickup 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 holds by appointment 

You will need to make an appointment through the library to pick up items. To make an appointment you will be provided a link in the “Library Pickup Notice” email.  

The link takes you to a form where you can choose from available times. Once you select a time a reminder email will be sent to you with more information about the pickup procedure 

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.

 


LIBRARY MATERIALS  

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 the last name and SID to access these resources. 

COURSE RESERVES - Textbooks 

NEW! Select textbooks are available for the quarter and due back at the end of the quarter. Please note, not all Course Reserves items are available for request. To view the current list available, click here. Then search the library catalog to request the item available.

Search our eBook collection, Seattle Central eBooks, or use Ask a Librarian for assistance. Below are links to OER opportunities that provide free, open license, and open-access textbooks. If you cannot find your textbook linked in the library catalog, check these websites*

    • OpenStax (peer-reviewed, free and open license) 
    • OpenTextbooks (free and open license) 
    • Project MUSE (open access books/journals in humanities/social science resources) 

*Seattle Central College library does not manage any of the external sites referenced above. Communicate with your instructor or with the library if you need assistance, click Ask the Library 


COURSE RESERVES - Scanning Services  

Limited scanning services are available to instructors and students. Library staff will scan limited portions of course reserves textbooks based on Fair Use criteria.

The scanning service is intended for use during COVID-19 health and safety measures that prevent access to physical copies. This service is to help minimize the impact of COVID-19. 

All requests will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Requestee must be currently an employee or registered student of Seattle Colleges.
  • 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 INSTRUCTORS:

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


FOR STUDENTS:

Student Scanning Service will be available from September 29th to October 30th. Students can request a limited number of scans for any one item and 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 College public health measures prevent access to copies on physical reserves at the library. Access to scan services will expire on October 31st, 2020.

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

 

HOW TO REQUEST LAPTOPS and HOTSPOTS 

Chromebooks, webcams, hotspots, and headsets are available for check out for current students and employees during the fall 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 EAD account. You will be contacted with pick up instructions.

If you have questions, feel free to call the Seattle Central College library at 206.934.4050.

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IT Help Desk

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FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS

What can I expect when I arrive for my pickup?

The pickup will take place outside the main entrance of the Broadway & Edison building.  Library staff will assist one patron at a time. Patrons are asked to wait outside the main entrance doors next to the blue-tiled wall. Please tell the staff your name and provide a photo ID. Be prepared to wait for a few minutes while the staff collects your item.

What measures is the library taking to protect the health and safety of the patrons and staff?

  1. Library staff members are following best hygiene practices recommended by public health authorities 

  2. Your items will be bagged before given to you 

  3. The library requires anyone to wear a mask and maintain social distance 

  4. Returned library items are quarantined a minimum of 10 days before marked as returned

How can I return my borrowed library items?

Seattle Central College Library is now providing appointment times for students, staff, and faculty to return library items or technology equipment (Chromebooks, hotspots, etc.). 

To schedule an appointment to drop-off your return item(s), please fill out the Return Request Form. Students must wear a facemask during the return drop-off. 

Returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days before they are discharged from your library account.

Instruction iconINSTRUCTION

Library faculty will provide library instruction through Canvas modules, by embedding in courses, and through reference services. Faculty should 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 
  • 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.

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Speak directly with Seattle Central Librarians during the days and hours offered, Monday to Friday, 1pm-3pm. Click the link to start a LIVE CHAT session!

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Document with MagnifierRESEARCH HELP

Feeling Stuck?  Need Research Help? Librarians can help.

During the fall quarter, we provide one-on-one research appointments via the Zoom video conference or by phone.

'How to Book a Research Appointment' video: CLICK HERE

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.

Click the link to set a Research Appointment session!
Monday to Friday: 10am-1pm and 3pm-7pm  Saturday: 10am-1pm

A confirmation email containing a link to the Zoom meeting and a phone number with a passcode will be sent after the appointment is scheduled.

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.

Remote Library Hours

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