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WE ARE OPEN!!! Library services are delivered remotely and with limited in-person hours, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-2pm.
For details on borrowing and course reserves; printing and scanning; research and reference help; and instructional support, please visit REMOTE LIBRARY SERVICES

Summer 2021

Remote Library Services


Open Library Hours and Services

Starting July 6, 2021, Library opens on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- All persons accessing campus facilities are required to document their visit.

Students can study individually, borrow/return library items and tech equipment, as well as use computers, printers, and copy machines.

  • No reservation is necessary for Tuesday & Thursday
  • In order to access BE campus building and library, students are required to take the COVID-19 Training and fill out the Enter and Exit Survey
  • Always wear a face mask while in the library and building
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing from others

Contactless Return and Pick up - Mondays, 9am - 1pm  &  Wednesdays, 12 - 4pm, (see 'Renewal and Return', in the menu links above).

To make an appointment to return Seattle Central library items, click here

To make an appointment for pickup, a link is sent to your Seattle Colleges email when the item is placed on hold from the library catalog or when the tech equipment is prepared for you. For more information, find the 'Hold Pick Up Service' menu link above or watch the 'How to place a Hold' video.

A 'Hold' is an item that has been selected from the library catalog by using the search box and is requested by the student (user) which requires the user to sign in. Then the item is available for 'get it'.

Remote Library Support


Borrowing During Remote OperationsStudents 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.

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

Holds Pick Up is by appointment. (see the link menu above for Holds Pick Up Service or scroll down)

Please note, not all Course Reserves items are available for request. To search for available textbooks, click here. For best results, under the drop-down menu,  select 'Course Reserves' and use search parameters, course, and course number, such as, 'MATH 151' or title of the book.


Renewal: The library will automatically renew items for current staff and faculty at the end of the quarter. If you are a student, request a renewal by filling out the Renewal Request Form. Library staff will respond by email within 5 business days.   

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

Due to COVID-19, all library materials are quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours before being cleared from your account. A notice may be sent while items are still in quarantine. No overdue fines are charged during the quarantine period.


Users can place holds at Seattle Central College library, Wood Tech Center, and Health Education Center. For items selected from Seattle Central, pick up is located at the Broadway main campus building. Your requested item must be picked up at the location that currently has the item. Interlibrary loans are temporarily unavailable.

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. Only place holds on items located in Seattle Central College Library Collection.

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 their MySeattleColleges email address and password to access these resources.


NEW! Select textbooks are available to loan for the entire quarter and due back at the end of the quarter.

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 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 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 or email us, circ.central@seattlecolleges.edu

Request to renew your equipment currently checked out, please submit a Seattle Central College Library Renewal Request Form Summer/Fall 2021 and you will be contacted within 5 days.

IT Help Desk

Having trouble with technology? Check out Central's IT Services website for helpful information, click hereIf you need to activate your email account or reset your password, click here and follow the instructions to reset your password.

Other Helpful Tech Information


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.

Live Chat iconLIVE CHAT

Speak directly with Seattle Central Librarians during the days and hours offered, Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm. Click the link to start a LIVE CHAT session!

24/7 CHAT
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.

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. 


Click the link to set a Research Appointment session!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 2pm   |    Wednesday: 2pm - 6pm

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