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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. You can access the online collections on our Online Research Tools page.  Our print and video collections are briefly described here. The print collections are located on the 3rd floor unless stated otherwise.

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 special collection includes books and journals about Hawai'i and the Pacific region.  Most items in this collection may 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 Financial Times newspapers and the weekly Pacific Business News

Ready Reference and Reference Collections:  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 books are used to obtain basic definitions, background information, data, and summaries of people, places, and events.  They are designed for quick and easy access to information and so are usually not read from cover to cover.  As such these books are designated as Library Use Only and cannot be borrowed. 

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 behind the Circulation Desk so go to 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

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:  Inspiring 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.

Oversized Books:  Big and beautiful

Books that are too large to fit on the shelf where they would normally be shelved are kept on a special range of shelves next to the Library Instruction Area.  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 on the 3rd floor in front of the Reference Desk.  Be sure to check it out on your next visit to the library.

Best Sellers 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 acquires books in popular genres such as 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.