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News and Updates from the Highline Library

We're Still Here

Highline College Library Building, 1970s

“Good times and bum times, I've seen them all

And, my dear, I'm still here

Plush velvet sometimes

Sometimes just pretzels and beer, but I'm here.”

Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, originally written for 1971 musical Follies, evoke some of the incredible changes that the Highline College Library has witnessed over the past 60 years.

Since the college opened its doors to students in 1961, we’ve experienced unprecedented changes across the globe, within our community, and throughout the campus. The physical campus has grown from a collection of portable classrooms into one of the most scenic academic campuses in the state. Our region’s shifting demographics allows us to support the most diverse student body in the state, with over 70% students of color, and a campus community representing over 120 cultures and ethnicities. As internet access becomes a human right and an integral tool for our lives and work, the library has shifted away from card catalogs and periodical indexes to embrace transformation and growth.

Over the past two years, we’ve experienced a global pandemic and a shift to remote (and now hybrid) library services. Our innovative librarians figured out how to provide library services without students coming to campus. We expanded our library question chat service hours. We transitioned our research consultation services to Zoom. We developed Highline Reads, a virtual campus guest reading and discussion series. As the campus continues to expand our face-to-face campus services, we will be continuing to offer library services to support students where they are, both on campus and online.

What remains consistent across the library’s history is our commitment to students, and to this campus. The library is here to help students navigate campus. We’re committed to helping students, faculty, and staff address their information needs, to empower lifelong learners, and to remove educational barriers. We’ve come a long way over the past 60 years, and we will continue to support campus. 

We’re still here, and we’re committed to collaborating with you to transform our next 60 years.

Building 25 Updates

Recommended Reading Display CaseRecommended Reading Display - Photo credit: Shay Kelley-Wilder

  • Accessibility Resources and Financial Services have moved into Building 25! Welcome!

  • No Cash Library - We are now a cashless department on campus. All financial transactions should take place in building 6 at the cashier’s office. Students can still add cash (minimum of $1) to their Pharos print management accounts at the Pharos Kiosk in building 25. Please note that Kiosk does not provide change. If students need change for larger bills, the cashier’s office may be able to help them. 

  • Graphing Calculator Rental process: Learn more about our current process.

  • If reading is something that nourishes you, our new Fun Reads Display is up. We invite you to check out our new Fun Reads Collection Guide, which highlights books and Ebooks available in the Highline Library that you and your students may enjoy outside of your required reading. 

  • The new Recommended Reading Display  is now up for patrons to browse on the 2nd floor! Special thanks to Sabrina Sundell, Shay Kelley-Wilder, Katie Straton, and Jack Harton for their work coordinating the creation of this regularly updated book display. Not able to make it to campus? Check out our virtual, regularly updated Recommended Reading Guide

New Library Resource Guides

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COVID-19 Myths & Facts

At the request of the Highline College Public Health Committee, librarians put together a COVID-19 Myths & Facts web page as part of our regularly updated COVID-19 Resources library guide to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation. 


Immigrant and Refugee Resources 

This completely updated guide (2022) has information on the following topics:

  • Immigration/Refugee News

  • DACA

  • Local Non-Government Support Organizations

  • Government Agencies (city/regional/state/federal)

  • Legal Assistance

  • Highline College Resources and Support

  • General Information Resources

Library Database Updates

Regular EBSCO Connect Removals

Ebook Academic & Clinical Collections removes/drops ebook titles twice yearly in January and July.  They add new titles those times and also add new titles in October and April.  Some titles may remain in the Highline Library Catalog while awaiting removal. There is an update site on the EBSCO Connect support pages.   

The librarians are available to assist in finding course materials any time. Email 

ArtSTOR, JSTOR subscriptions expired, not renewed

The Library Reference Department meets annually as a group to assess how we are spending our collection development budget (this includes books, periodicals, and databases). This year, because of collection development budget cuts, we focused especially on databases, which constitute approximately 80% of our collection development budget. In reviewing databases, we considered various factors, especially database cost and usage statistics. We also collected input from faculty colleagues in disciplines relevant to these databases. After careful consideration and reaching a department consensus based on usage statistics, feedback, and our knowledge of database use from a reference librarian perspective, we made the extremely difficult decision to discontinue our subscriptions to ArtStor and JSTOR. 

Our subscriptions to ArtStor and JSTOR databases expired in January 2022 and are no longer available to Highline users. If you have any links to articles from either these databases in Canvas or if you use any of these databases in your courses, please reach out to the reference librarians at and we can help you find other resources to use instead. We have a rich collection of databases spanning all disciplines. Browse our library databases by subject or A-Z list to see what’s available. We also provide a range of support for locating Open Educational Resources (OER).

OER News

Equity in Open Textbook Content - OpenStax “Can Open Education Make Learning Equitable”? To learn more about how open textbook content can improve equity in education, read this article from 2/14/22 and watch the three corresponding recordings from the webinar series.


W.W.L.S. (What Would Library Staff) Read/Watch/Listen To?

These are the books that library staff are reading right now (or recently finished). You know we all have stacks of books and are often reading more than one at a time!

Clap when you land

Elizabeth Acevedo

A prequel to the little Mermaid.


Amber and Clay

Amy Laura Schlitz

An immigrant, coming-of-age story.


Sisters of the Neversea

Cynthia Leitich Smith

A Greek mythology fantasy.


Just Like that

Gary Schmidt


The Hare with Amber Eyes (check it out at KCLS).

Edmund De Waal

Beautifully written family memoir that summons up a whole universe of lost worlds, from fin de siècle Paris and Vienna to post-Occupation Japan.


Walkaway: A Novel

Cory Doctorow


Something to Hide

Elizabeth George


Team of Rivals

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Multiple biography centered on Lincoln's mastery of men. Goodwin details Lincoln’s extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. And how this talent enabled Lincoln to shape the most significant presidency in American history.


Sea Witch

Sarah Hanning

I liked Sea Witch because it talked about her back story and how she was betrayed by her friend who was in an accident at sea, but she was turned into a mermaid. The Sea Witch was portrayed as a tragic figure. In the original tale she was there for the purpose of granting the mermaids wish and a person who was seen as one to fear. The little mermaid is one of my favorite stories.


The Plague Cycle: the Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease

Charles Kenney

Looks at the relationship between civilization and disease over the past 5,000 years up to today. Basically, it is the story of how humans over time, as they clustered together in cities and started traveling and exploring, fell victim to a mixture of old and new infectious diseases.


Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

I highly recommend this classic, groundbreaking work of Science Fiction 


The Korean Vegan: Reflections and Recipes From Omma's Kitchen (check it out from KCLS). 

Joanne Lee Molinaro

Part loving ode to family, part delicious cookbook, I’ve been slowly working my way through these recipes. Be sure to check out her blog too:



Marilynne Robinson

One of the best lit books I’ve ever read (just re-read it after my first reading back in grad school).


A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy

Nancy L. Rosenblum and Russell Muirhead


Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?

Michael Sandel


The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?

Michael Sandel 

My favorite recent read. Sandel argues persuasively that meritocracy is a deeply problematic ethic for a democratic society, because the meritocratic faith says the “winners” and “losers” in society deserve their fate and thus there is no injustice to the stark social, economic, and political inequalities that harm society today. To establish a more egalitarian society, we must value all kinds of work, stop treating a college degree as the foundation of living a decent life, and begin to invest in public infrastructures that create common experiences and spaces for a democratic public sphere.


Family Fun in South King County

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Spend quality time with family and friends relaxing and doing things that everyone enjoys.

Quality time centers around togetherness and interpersonal conversation. Get away from technology and spend quality time enjoying new and different activities with family and friends.

Things to do with children: Learn more here

Outside activities can be experienced at a King County Park: Learn more here


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