Borrowing - for Public Borrowers

Members of the community at large are welcome to apply for a Public Borrower's card.  In order to apply, you must come to the Circulation counter and fill out an application form and present photo ID.  Children accompanied by an adult may apply for a Public Borrower's card. Patrons should anticipate a 24-hour turnaround time to receive their new card.

Public Borrowers may check out library materials, but must have their card to do so.  Public Borrower's cards expire every 3 years.

Interlibrary Loan services are not available to Public Borrowers.  Members of the community are encouraged to go to the nearest public library branch (King County Library, Seattle Public Library, Pierce County Library, etc.) for materials not available in the Highline College library.

Loan Periods (for Public Borrowers)

(Standard loan periods are shown, exceptions may exist)

Books from general collection

2 weeks


2 weeks

Reserve Materials

2 Hour, Library Use Only

Media Collection

3 Days

Checkout / Renewals

Highline College approved I.D. is required to check out library materials. Print library materials and Media items, such as videos and compact discs, may be checked out at the Circulation counter (Plaza  level).  Renewals may be requested in person (Circulation counter, Plaza level), over the telephone (206-592-3234), or online. To place a renewal request online, go to the Library page or the library catalog page and choose the 'My Account' option (located in the upper right of the screen), logon to your account, check the box next to the item you wish to renew, and click the 'Request Renewal' button at the bottom of the list of items. You may renew an item a maximum of two times. If another patron has placed a Hold for that item you may not renew it. Telephone and online renewals must be completed before the current due date. Overdue items must be returned before a renewal can be granted.

Materials Unavailable for Checkout

Reference materials, most Reserve items and items in the Legal Room are unavailable for use outside the library. You may use them in the library.

Can't Find It?

If you look up materials in the catalog that show as being "Available" but cannot find them, come to the Circulation counter and ask for assistance.  If something is checked out, you can put a hold on it and we will notify you when it comes in.


Items on hand

Library items that circulate may be held for up to three days.

Items not on hand

If a Hold request has been placed for an item not currently in the library, we will contact you when it becomes available and hold it at the Circulation Desk for up to three days. If the item is not picked up by the end of the third day, the request will expire and the item will be returned to its usual location.

Online Hold requests

Online Hold requests are processed the next business day after the Hold requests are placed.

Overdue Materials

If you receive an overdue notice for a library item, please return or renew it in person. If you are sure that the item has been returned, or you have lost library materials, please call or come in to the Library.

There are no fines for overdue materials. However, if any items are not returned, you will receive a bill for replacement costs and processing fees for each overdue item.

Lost Materials and Charges

If you do not renew or return materials, we will assume the materials are lost.  If you return the items you will not be charged any fees or fines.  If you do not return the items you will be charged a non-refundable $20.00 per item processing fee as well as the cost of replacing the materials.  Unresolved library charges may affect your ability to register for future classes.  If, after paying your fees, you find the items within 60 days of payment, the replacement charge can be refunded, but not the $20.00 processing fee.

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Highline Library Blog
December Recommended Reading List – Sustainability

Sustainability is the topic of this month’s recommended reading list, corresponding with the campus theme for the year. Find some of the highlights below:

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Greening Africana Studies: Linking Environmental Studies with Transforming Black Experiences

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Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival

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Big World, Small Planet: Abundance within Planetary Boundaries

See the full list in the Recommended Reading LibGuide.

Posted: December 2, 2017 at 9:51 am