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Remote Library Support


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

Borrowing During Remote Operations: 

Only items located in the 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

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.

Beginning Spring Quarter 2021, 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.


Renewal: The library will automatically renew all checked-out items for staff and faculty at the end of the quarter. Students can request renewals by filling out a 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 fall or previous quarters.

Due to COVID-19, all library materials are quarantined for a minimum of seven (7) days before being cleared from your account. A notice may be sent while items are still in quarantine. After this period a confirmation email is sent once it’s checked in. No overdue fines are charged during the quarantine period.

To schedule an appointment to return your items, please fill out a  Return Request Form.


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

The libraries, Wood Tech Center, and Health Education Center provide Holds Item Pickup service. You will need to pick up your requested item at the location that currently has the item. Interlibrary loans are temporarily unavailable.

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.


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.


NEW! Select textbooks are available to loan for the entire quarter and due back at the end of the quarter. Please note, not all Course Reserves items are available for request.

Search Reserves in the library catalog to request the available item if it has the phrase, 'Special Reserves' under "LOCATIONS.' special reserves

Or you can search our eBook collection at Seattle Central eBooks, or contact Ask a Librarian for assistance.


COURSE RESERVES - Scanning Services  

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

FOR STUDENTS: Student Scanning Service is available for the winter quarter. 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 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 this>> Student Reserves Scan Request Form. Please direct questions to circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu.


The library is offering limited printing services for students. Each student can print up to 40 pages in black and white for the winter quarter. While personal work can be freely printed, the library follows copyright guidelines and cannot print out the whole of any published work. If you need more than the amount provided or special formatting like color printing, please reach out to the Circulation Supervisor at julie.sheppard2@seattlecolleges.edu or by phone (206) 934-4052.

Please make sure that you read the following before submitting a request:

  • A Seattle Central Colleges email address is required to submit the Print Request form.
  • All requestees must read and agree to the terms of Copyright Compliance when submitting a request.
  • After submission, it will be reviewed within 2 days for approval.
  • Print requests can take a minimum of 5 business days to complete.
  • An appointment is required for pick up and detailed instructions will be sent by email.
  • The library is not able to mail any printing to the requestee.
  • To submit a print request, use this>> Print Request Form.

For all other questions or issues, please contact the Circulation Desk at Circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu or leave a message at (206) 934-4050.


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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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 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 
  • 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 Thursday, 11am-3pm and Friday, 11am-2pm. Click the link to start a LIVE CHAT session!

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You can always get help with research, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Our partner librarians at other colleges are qualified and ready to assist you.

Document with MagnifierRESEARCH HELP

Feeling Stuck?  Need Research Help? Librarians can help.

Through the winter quarter, we will provide one-on-one research appointments via the Zoom video conference or by phone.

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. Watch How to Book a Research Appointment video to learn how to set a research appointment.

Click the link to set a Research Appointment session!
Monday to Thursday: 9am - 6pm  Friday: 9am - 2pm

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