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The Drama Collection is located in 2 black filing cabinets, filed alphabetically, on the east side of the 5th floor near the Media Collection and features a variety of play manuscripts.

Federal Government Documents

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, CDs, and other media types. 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.


The ESL 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: Beginning 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 the last drawer of the Drama Collection, on the east side of the 5th floor near the Media Collection and has a wide range of State of Washington pamphlets.


The Reference Collection is located on the east side of the 2nd, Plaza 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 books (mostly currently-used textbooks) are put in the collection by request of the instructors and support the classes that are offered each quarter. They are for Highline student use only. Students must use these books in the library only for 2 hours at a time. Only one textbook may be checked out at any one time.

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 searching One Search and limiting the scope to "library catalog" and use the phrase "Stanley P. Owen Native American Collection.".