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Need help with Research? Have a general question about the library's resources or services? We're here to help!

There are a number of ways in which you can reach us:

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Email us at  When sending email, please allow 24 hours for a librarian to respond.

Call a Reference librarian at (206) 592-3232 (on-campus extension 3232) during library hours.

Visit the Reference Desk, located on the Library Plaza Level (2nd Floor) during library hours.

Request Titles for Purchase

If you are a Highline College faculty, staff, or student, you can request that we purchase books and videos for the Library collection that are related to your work. Your request will be sent to the library reference staff, who will review it based on our selection criteria. If we order the title, you will be notified by email when it is available. Please note that materials purchased using the Library's budget can only be kept in the Library or the Health Sciences Lab collection.

Please note that we do not purchase textbooks for the Library collection. Some faculty-donated textbooks are kept at the Library Circulation Desk in our Reserves collection.

If you are interested in having us purchase materials other than books or videos, please contact Jack Harton, the faculty librarian with lead responsibilities in collection development.


Selection Criteria

These criteria will be used to determine whether a title will be added to the Library collection:

  • Anticipated demand for the material.
  • Accuracy and validity of the information.
  • Relevance to the instructional and work-related needs of Highline students, faculty, and staff.
  • Timeliness or permanence of the material.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the existing library collection in the subject area.
  • Cost of the material.
  • Language (English or non-English) and reading or viewing level of the material.
  • Author, publisher, or producer reputation.
  • Accessibility and comprehensibility of the information by the user.
  • Evaluations of the material from standard or knowledgeable reviewing sources.