Reminder! Library services relocating for the summer & ID cards now available in the Bookstore

At the end of Fri., Jun 10, the 4200 and 4300 floors of the Ray W. Howard Library, aka 4000 Building, will be closed to patrons until September.

The Library will relocate its service desk to the PUB room 9203 for Summer 2016 quarter, where our hours will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday while classes are in session. We will have course reserves (print and media) on-site, and limited ability to page items out of the 4000 Building. The desk will be staffed by at least one circulation expert and one reference librarian at all times. We are always available via Ask A Librarian, our reference chat service, and we’ll take your questions from voice mail and email as quickly as can be.

During renovation, Tutoring Services will be operating primarily in room 1103. Below is the list of temporary venues where students can find the help they need from tutoring services:

Tutoring Services: 1103
Library service desk: 9203, the PUB Fishbowl
Math Learning Center: 2202
The Writing and Learning Studio: 1504

A college service often associated with the Library is the production and maintenance of Shoreline Community College ID cards. Beginning June 13, those duties will be transferred to the Bookstore, located on the bottom floor of the PUB (9000 building). For students, a copy of their current class schedule and evidence of photo identification (passport, drivers license, etc.) remain the standards for obtaining a new ID card, updating a current one, or replacing a lost one.

Put the Library to work for understanding the world of information, this summer and on into the future!

Have a great Summer 2016 –
Chris Matz
Director, Ray W Howard Library

Donate to the Books to Prisoners book drive now through March 18!

The Associated Student Government is sponsoring a book drive in partnership with local nonprofit Books to Prisoners. Now through March 18, bring your paperback, non spiral-bound book donations to one of two collection bins around campus: one on the main floor of the library and one right inside the front entrance to the PUB.

For more information about the book drive, how awesome ASG Social Justice Officer Emily Stensland has been in organizing it, Librarian Chloe Horning’s thoughts on why she thought it was a fit for campus, and how important access to books is for equity and social justice, check out this news article about Shoreline’s partnership with Books to Prisoners.

Changes to the library: children and YA collections re-located

The library’s collection of children and young adult books, curated over many years and through the contributions of many staff members, is being relocated to the Parent-Child Center for their direct use. A lesser number of titles will be shelved back into our circulating collection. As the resources no longer directly support a curricular program here at the college, we made the change to enable greater ability to seat patrons and other visitors to the building, using adult-sized furniture and other accessories. Coming soon!

This is one of many transitions we’re making on this floor of the 4000 Building to better accommodate the multiple needs of Tutoring, the Math Learning Center, The Writing & Learning Studio, and the Library along with all their well-wishers. We heard from many constituent groups that seating space was a priority, we agreed, and we pushed ahead. This is a model for future innovations within the facility, so please continue to visit the building and vocalize your concerns along with your compliments. Lots to do and we’re not done yet.

On behalf of a hard-working library staff, thanks.

Project Textbook: Fully Operational At Your Library

project textbook
Shoreline Community College Library remains committed to providing our students with choices to access their required course materials. Project Textbook is a notable manifestation of our commitment. Thanks for all your support during Fall 2015.

As we all begin to make preparations for Winter 2016, the library’s staff is delighted for the chance to work with you – again – in meeting needs and promoting success. Put us to work! 

4000 Building brainstorming makes it rain ideas

Pierce College Library

The Pierce College Library and Cascade Building was a McGranahan project.

Three brainstorming sessions with employees and students brought forth plenty of ideas for what uses and looks might be in store for the 4000 Building at Shoreline Community College.

Seong Shin

Seong Shin, of McGranahan Architects, makes a comment during one of the Orct. 28 brainstorming sessions.


Work to make room for learning support centers this fall began this past June.

The No. 1 current use – the Ray W. Howard Library Media and Technology Center – isn’t likely to change, but there are other programs and uses in the building and libraries in general have been morphing to accommodate changes in technology and user expectations.

Leading the brainstorming sessions on Oct. 28, 2105, were Seong Shin, principal for interior design services, along with other personnel at McGranahan Architects of Tacoma. McGranahan is the firm the college has been working with on a variety of refresh projects across campus. The goal is to imagine the look and uses for the building in the coming years.

To prime the conversation pump, Shin showed slides from other projects, including one McGranahan worked on at Pierce College. Comments ranged from color schemes to re-imagining the technology that might need to be accommodated in the future.

To gather more comments, an online survey has been reopened and is available at:

While the 4000 Building and library went through an extensive renovation 15 years ago, there have been some more recent usage changes.

For example, the Math Learning Center and The Writing and Learning Studio this past summer moved from other areas on campus into library main-floor spaces and opened to students for this fall quarter. In the fall of 2014, tutoring services relocated from the 5000 Building (FOSS) to offices on the library main floor. In the spring of 2014, the former TV studio on the lower floor became a black-box theater space used by a variety of digital film, theater and other programs and classes.

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