Need help?

2.2 Collections

The Leeward CC Library acquires a broad range of resources to support academic programs and course offerings.  The library's resources include print and digital collections that you can access on our Online Research Tools page at http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/lib/researchtools.html.  Our primary print and video collections are described below.

General Collection:  Books covering all subject areas

Our main collection of circulating books (books that you can borrow) includes over 60,000 items selected by librarians to support the academic programs at Leeward CC.  Books in this collection can be borrowed for up to 28 days.

Hawaiian/Pacific Collection:  Local and regional titles

This collection includes books about Hawai'i and the Pacific region.  Most items in this collection may be borrowed.   Books in this collection can be borrowed for up to 14 days.

Periodicals Collection:  Newspapers, magazines & journals


The library subscribes to a wide variety of printed periodical titles.  Periodicals include newspapers, magazines and journals. 

You will find recent issues of magazines such as Time, Newsweek, PC Magazine, Motor Trend and Honolulu on the Current Periodicals Display shelf.  Older issues are found on nearby shelving.  Current periodicals are shelved in alphabetical order by title.

The library also subscribes to the daily Honolulu Star-Advertiser, USA Today, and the weekly Pacific Business News

Reference Collection:  Start your research here

This collection includes books that you might consult when starting your research project.  You will find encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and atlases here.  Other resources include directories, state and federal laws, literary and biographical sources, and statistical sources. 

Reference sources are books that you refer to for definitions of words, terms, or subjects; brief or long descriptions of people, places, or events; and statistics or data in chart or table formats.  You would not ordinarily read an entire reference book from cover to cover but consult it for only the relevant information that you need.  As such these books are designated as Library Use Only and cannot be borrowed. 

The Reference Collection is located immediately behind the Reference Desk. 

Course Reserves Collection:  Supplemental course materials

This collection includes books and other reading materials placed by instructors for use by their students.  Ask for reserve items at the Circulation Desk by course and instructor name.  Most reserve items are Library Use Only.  Some instructors place a copy of their textbook on reserve in this collection. 

Video Collection:  It's not just books

The library maintains a growing collection of educational and entertainment videos.  The collection is located behind the Circulation Desk so ask a librarian at the Reference Desk for help in finding the right video for you.  Many videos may be borrowed for up to 4 days. 


ESL Collection:  Learning English

This English as Second Language (ESL) collection includes graded readers for non-native speakers of English.  Can be borrowed by students in Leeward CC ESL or ELI programs. Located next to the Hawaiian-Pacific collection.

Juvenile Collection:  To inspire young readers

A small collection supporting the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) students.  This collection contains a variety of juvenile books that are available for everyone to borrow and enjoy.  Find this collection adjacent to the Bestsellers collection.

Oversize Books:  Big and beautiful

Books that are too large to fit on the regular shelves are kept on a special range of shelves next to the Library Instruction Area aka computer lab.  Many are coffee table-type books with outstanding images of art, the natural environment, maps, and more.

New Books:  Hear ye, hear ye!

The latest acquisitions are found between the Bestsellers and Juvenile collections.  Be sure to check it out on your next visit to the library.

Bestsellers Collection:  Popular fiction and non-fiction books

While our primary mission is to support the resource needs of the college's academic programs, the library also has books in popular genres like mysteries, thrillers, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, and more.  New titles are added every month so stop by when you need to find a good read.