The Library Learning Commons (LLC) values, respects, and celebrates a diverse community of LWTech students, staff, and faculty. We offer collections, resources, and services which encourage exploration and discovery in order to prepare lifelong learners for today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities.
View the full mission and vision statement on the Library Learning Commons homepage.
Borrowing privileges are extended to current students and employees of LWTech [including distance learners], and/or all Washington State Community and Technical College Libraries. Some restrictions may apply to each category.
Community members may use materials while in the library by leaving a picture ID with the Information Desk. Materials that may be used by community members only in the library include laptops, DVDs, headphones, cameras, microphones, and the Digital Media Studio. In addition, reference materials, print books, and magazines may be used in the Library only.
Use of the computers in the Library is also permitted provided:
For more details on the library's collections and loan periods, see Our Collections.
Alternate loan periods arranged between librarians and faculty/staff for the following items:
All regular circulating books are due at the end of the quarter regardless of when the book was checked out. Overdue books automatically accrue a $5.00 late fee. If a book or books are overdue, a hold will be placed on the student's account and the replacement costs plus a $5.00 processing fee per item is assigned. Students must either:
If DVDs are overdue, at the end of the quarter a hold will be placed on the student’s account and the replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee per item is assigned. Students must either:
Any Reserves that checks out for one day or more accrues fines at $1.00 a day, to a maximum of $30.00.
All overdue fines will be upheld. Arrangements to address overdue fines may be made with a Library Technician or a Librarian.
The LWTech Library Learning Commons reserves the right to assess items for damage upon their return.
If a patron has lost a book or other item, they are responsible for informing the Library of this fact. If a book or DVD is lost, the patron must either:
In support of intellectual freedom, the Library Learning Commons respects and values the privacy of all library users. Therefore, the Learning Commons seeks to reduce the amount of personally identifiable information collected and only retains information relevant to library operations. Local safeguards, as well as federal and state policies, are in place to protect this personal information and library records. Any requests for such personal information or records must be made in writing and should be submitted to the Faculty Librarians for consideration.
Use of the Library Learning Commons is consistent with LWTech Employee Ethical Conduct policy and Student Conduct Code. Patrons are responsible for their behavior and are expected to comply with campus rules and regulations, to use good judgment, common sense, and be considerate of others. Any individual violating this code or college policies may be denied use of the Library or its services. Should discipline be necessary, individuals may expect a verbal warning, reprimand, or revocation of services. Further actions involving students will follow the procedures noted in the Student Handbook.
The primary goal of the Library Learning Commons collection is to support the educational efforts of students, faculty, and staff at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. The collection will emphasize library resources which directly relate to the classes being offered. The purpose of this procedure is to guide the Library’s collection building efforts and improve the Library’s ability to assist the students, faculty, and staff of Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Section II of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights states that “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be prescribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” The LLC will support this statement by making every effort to collect materials that cover opposing viewpoints on various topics.
If any Lake Washington Institute of Technology student, faculty, or staff member has a complaint regarding the LLC's materials, they can request a meeting with the Faculty Librarians to discuss the issue(s).
As a college devoted to providing the highest level of instruction by its faculty and education for its students, LWTech respects the rights of content creators and facilitates compliance with the provisions of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Sect. 101 et. seq). LWTech recognizes the Copyright Act of 1976, including the Fair Use doctrine (Section 107) and subsequent amendments including the TEACH Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and Guidelines for Off-the-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Education Purposes.
Specifically, Lake Washington Institute of Technology Library Learning Commons:
The use of copyrighted material is allowable in each of the following instances:
The LLC receives funding from the college to purchase or provide access to new print and electronic materials. No specific budget is allocated for individual disciplines.
The LLC encourages all users to contact the Faculty Librarians to request any items that they feel will add value to the collection. The item(s) will be acquired if three criteria are met:
Ultimate responsibility for collection development lies with the Faculty Librarians.
Selection of LLC materials rests with the teaching faculty and Faculty Librarians.
Materials are selected according to the following criteria:
Hardcover books are preferred due to their durability. Works which are of lasting value will be purchased in hardcover when available. Paperback books will be purchased when hardcover books are not available, or when the hardcover item is not a prudent purchase. Paperbacks may also be purchased for rapidly changing topics. In general, single copies of books are purchased. If a topic is very popular, the library will consider purchasing multiple copies.
Textbooks are not normally purchased by the library. They will be purchased only when they provide a good, general introduction to a topic or when no other general books can be found. Textbooks for specific courses will not be purchased. Professors may place their own textbook copies on reserve for students’ use, if they wish.
Electronic Resources are defined as any material requiring a computer or digital device for access. The LLC shall choose to acquire or access electronic resources based on the above selection guidelines. The Faculty Librarians strive to purchase multi-user licenses for digital format resources when available.
DVDs and Blu-Rays will be purchased upon the request of a faculty member as long as the video meets the guidelines established in this policy. DVDs and Blu-Rays can often be costly, so the LLC reserves the right to forgo the purchase of a requested DVD or Blu-Ray, or set if the item(s) is judged to be too costly.
The LLC is not a repository for federal or state government documents. Government publications are selected according to our regular collection development guidelines and are made available through the LLC collection.
Items written in languages other than English will be acquired when they support the Foreign Language/ESL curriculum requirements.
Periodically, Faculty Librarians will evaluate the collection to identify materials for withdrawal. The same guidelines apply to the existing collection as to new purchases, and materials that no longer meet the collection policy will be removed. For example, materials that are outdated, damaged, seldom circulated, or contain inaccurate information will be removed. Faculty members will be consulted when materials in their disciplines are being considered for withdrawal.
This collection development procedure will be periodically reviewed by the Faculty Librarians and changes made when appropriate.
Interlibrary loan services are available from the LWTech Library Learning Commons. WorldCat is an online catalog service providing book information to other libraries and is available via the LLC's website. This service is for faculty, staff, and students who may need books or articles that are not available within the LWTech LLC.
There is a minimum delay time of 7-10 days to get an item via interlibrary loan. Delivery time for interlibrary loan items are unique to each item and will be advised on an individual basis.
Cost, if any, associated with interlibrary loan is determined on a case by case basis and any amount over $15.00 will be absorbed or covered by the patron requesting the item.
Requests for interlibrary loan should be placed with a Faculty Librarian or on the LLC website.
In accordance with a reciprocal agreement between several Washington State Community and Technical Colleges, borrowing privileges may be extended to persons if they are an enrolled student or faculty member from another state community and technical college. To initiate reciprocal borrowing privileges, the student must present their college student ID card and demonstrate evidence of current enrollment at their college.
Study rooms and library spaces are intended to support academic work by groups of Lake Washington Institute of Technology students, staff, and faculty working on group projects, studying together, or conducting meetings. Rooms are available for group study and projects for all current LWTech students and usage is not to exceed capacity. These rooms are also available to all staff, faculty, community members, and administration at LWTech.
Rooms are not to be used in place of regular classroom meetings or for paid events. For paid events or community use, please contact LWTech Conference Services at (425) 739-8195 or in the West Building 302. All activities in these rooms must be in accordance with laws and copyright policies.
Priority use of the rooms will be given to students using them for group study (2 or more people constitute a group). Study rooms are not intended for use as individual study carrels or as general-purpose classrooms.
Check the calendars for each study room to determine room availability.
LLC staff may revoke access if violations of the following guidelines occur:
Items may be placed on reserve in the LLC by faculty and staff. A Reserve Request Form is available at the Information Desk. Duration for reserve item varies and is at the discretion of the faculty.