The Drama Collection is located on the east side of the 3rd floor near the south wall and features a variety of many different drama files.

Federal Government Documents

The Highline Library is a selective Federal Depository Library, which means the library receives a selection of publications from agencies within the United States Federal Government. These publications, which may include books, CD-ROMs, maps, posters, pamphlets, and periodicals, contain information on careers, business opportunities, health, research, and many other subjects. The paper and media parts of the collection can be found on the east side of the 4th floor while the microforms can be found in cabinets on the 5th floor.

Health Occupations

The Health Occupations Collection is located in the Health Occupations lab in building 23. The collection is of importance to the Health Occupations students but the items can be used by anyone. To access these materials, contact the staff at the circulation desk in the library.


The Legal Collection is located on the west side of the 5th floor. This collection consists of both primary and secondary legal materials that can only be used in the library.


The Main Collection is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building and is arranged using the Dewey Decimal System. Look up a specific title or just find the location of a certain subject by using the library catalog found on the computers on the main floor. Main Collection items with Dewey Decimal numbers from 000-699 are located on the 3rd floor, numbers from 700-999 and Oversize items are located on the 4th floor.

Magazines / Periodicals

The Periodicals Collection consists of magazines and scholarly journals that are found on the 5th floor. The titles are listed alphabetically on the shelves.

Current magazines are displayed on the west side of the 2nd floor, Plaza. They cannot be checked out. The 5 most recent issues are stored behind the currently displayed magazines and are available for 3 week checkout.


The Media Collection is located on the 5th floor and consists of DVDs, VHS tapes, and compact discs among other items. Patrons can use these items in the library (there are TV/VCR/DVDs on the 5th floor also) or check them out for use at home.

New Readers

The New Readers Collection has books, books/cassettes, and book/CDs for people learning to read, write, or speak the English language. It is shelved on the east side of the 3rd floor. The items in the collection are color coded and labeled with a letter into 3 levels: Beginner level materials will have a blue label with the letter B on it. Intermediate level materials will have an orange label with the letter I on it. And, advanced level materials will have a yellow label with the letter A on it.


The Pamphlet Collection is located in hanging file cabinets on the east side of the 3rd floor near the south wall and has a wide range of items from county-wide to national sources.


The Reference Collection is located on the east side of the main floor of the library and consists of resources such as atlases, bibliographies, biographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias and indexes and abstracts that can only be used in the library. They are often a good place to start when investigating a new topic or subject.


The Reserve Collection is found behind the Circulation Desk on the main floor. These items (mostly currently-used textbooks) are put in the collection by request of the instructors and support the classes that are offered each quarter. Students must study these books in the library only.

Stanley P. Owen Native American Collection

In 1997, Stanley Owen donated his unique and extensive Native American collection to the Highline College Foundation and the Highline College Library. This collection consists of approximately 3,000 items and can be found by using the library catalog found on the computers on the main floor.

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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