Collections at the Library

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Leeward Community College Library
Library materials at the Leeward CC Library are organized into the following collections: Some items may be found in special locations, which will be indicated in the online catalog:

Library materials can be found by searching in the Hawaiʻi Voyager online library catalog.

See the library map to see where these collections are located.

Best Sellers Collection
This collection features a rotating selection of bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from popular authors. New titles are added each month. Books from this collection can be borrowed by Leeward CC patrons for three weeks. The collection is located on the wall-mounted bookshelves in the northwest corner of the third floor, although some books may be on display in other places in the Learning Commons.
Closed Shelves
Some items are kept in a non-public room for their protection. Most of these items are available to be borrowed. Please ask for these items at the Circulation Desk on the third floor.
ESL Collection
Graded readers — short books written at or adapted to a particular reading level — for students learning English as a second language. Can be borrowed by students in Leeward CC ESL or ELI programs. Located opposite the wall-mounted bookshelves in the northwest corner of the third floor. We also have interactive e-books from Capstone Interactive Library with features that support the development of reading skills.
General Collection
The main collection of circulating (i.e. borrowable) books, consisting of approximately 60,000 items, chosen to support Leeward Community College's academic programs. Located on the south side of the third floor. The library also has access to more than 86,000 electronic books through ebrary, and thousands of titles from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.
Hawaiian/Pacific Collection
The Hawaiian/Pacific collection contains books and magazines about Hawaiʻi and countries in the Pacific region. Most items in this collection can be borrowed for 14 days. Some items do not circulate. Located in the northwest corner of the third floor. Electronic access to more than 300 University of Hawaiʻi Press titles, formerly available through NetLibrary, are now available through EBSCOhost eBook Collection.
Juvenile Collection
The Juvenile collection has children's books used by students training to be teachers. Located on the wall-mounted bookshelves in the northwest corner of the third floor.
New Books
Books that have been recently acquired by the library may be placed on a New Books display. New books are available to be borrowed. Located on a display stand near the Reference Desk on the third floor. Some new books may be on display in the Learning Commons lobby.
Oversized Books
Books that are too large to fit on the regular shelves are kept on a special range of shelves along the wall in the southeast corner of the third floor.
Periodical Collection
The Library has approximately 130 subscriptions to a wide variety of printed periodical publications (magazines, journals, and newspapers). The information in recently-published periodicals is generally more current than the information found in books. Periodicals are located next to the Reference Collection on the third floor. Some periodicals are on microfilm, which can be viewed and printed out on reader/printer machines located near the microfilm cabinets. Located in the northeast corner of the third floor. To find out what the library subscribes to, view our Periodicals List, or search for the title of a publication in our online catalog. Our electronic research databases can be used to find articles on particular topics, and provide online access to full-text articles from thousands of periodical publications.
Reference Collection
The Reference collection contains books that are generally consulted rather than read through. This section contains sources such as current almanacs, general and subject-specific encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases. You'll also find digests of current and historical events, directories and listings, books on state and federal laws, and literary and biographical sources. Books in the reference collection are not loaned out, so that they can be available to as many people as possible. Most of the Reference Collection in the middle of the north side of the third floor. A small collection of heavily-use "Ready Reference" books are in the Reference, Research, & Reading Room on the second floor. We also have online access to reference sources through Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Reserve Collection
Reserve materials are kept behind the Circulation Desk. These are books and other materials that instructors have set aside for their students to read and use. Some items come from the library's collection, and many items have been loaned to the library by instructors. Some items may be borrowed for three days, while the rest must be used in the library. To find materials in the Reserve collection, you can do a Course Reserves search in the online catalog. Please note that you need to do a Course Reserves search because items owned by instructors do not show up in a regular catalog search.
Video Collection
The library has hundreds of educationally-oriented videotapes and DVDs, most of which are available for seven-day loans. Located at the Circulation Desk