Our Collections

The library at Lake Washington Institute of Technology has a collection of physical, digital, and media technologies. For questions about any of our collections or the resources we provide, please contact us. We also have equipment available for checkout, a computer lab with specialized software, and the LWTech Archive, a collection of non-circulating materials related to the history of LWTech.

Please note: in Spring 2021, all late/overdue fines and fees were removed. Lost item and damaged item fees continue. Please review our Policies and Procedures page for more information.

Media Types

Most of our research databases are searchable through the library catalog. They offer peer-reviewed articles, technical information, streaming video, and other educational resources.

  • Loan period: Not applicable
  • In-library use only? No

You will find most books on the upper floor, arranged according to the Library of Congress subject classification system.

  • Loan period: Current quarter
  • In-library use only? No

Visit the library catalog to discover and gain access to our 70k+ eBook collection.

  • Loan period: Varies by eBook 
  • In-library use only? No

Movies (including DVDs and Blu-rays) are located on the upper floor by the printer, arranged according to the Library of Congress subject classification system.

  • Loan period: 7 days
  • In-library use only? No

Note: the library has the technology to play Blu-ray discs available for in-library use.

Located on the main floor of the library near the west windows, our zine collection covers diverse topics and stories.

  • Loan period: 2 hours
  • In-library use only? Yes


Book Collections

Diversity & Social Justice Collection (DSJ)

DSJ collection books on several library shelves

The DSJ Collection consists of books and movies that educate regarding oppression to support the campus-wide DSJ requirement. Categories of oppression include sexism, homophobia, social oppression, classism, religious oppression, ableism, ageism, environmental justice, racism, intersectionality, critical pedagogy, level of education, immigration status, and ethnicity. This collection is located on the main floor of the library, between the computer lab and the west windows.

Do you need help browsing the collection? Use this DSJ Finding Aid.

Course Reserves

Located behind the front desk on the main floor of the library, these current textbooks and other study materials can only be checked out for two hours at a time for in-library use.

Indigenous Peoples Collection (IPC)

The IPC focuses on native culture and history within the region and beyond. Look for the green “IPC” label on the spines of books and movies in our general collection.

International Collection

The International Collection is supported by the LWTech Foundation. It reflects the diverse student body of the college by providing resources related to student nationalities/countries of origin. Identification of this collection is within the records of Library Search, and these collection items are interfiled in the general collection.

Local Collections

The Local Collections consist of the Local Interest and Local Author collections. The Local Interest Collection includes books focusing on subjects specific to Washington State. The Local Author Collection focuses on items created by authors in Washington State. Identification of these collections is within the records of Library Search, and the collection items are interfiled in the general collection.