During these unprecedented times, it is the priority of The Seattle School Library to continue to support you in your academic studies. This guide will help you navigate how to access the physical materials available in our library collection.
- Requests for library materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Include your name, mailing address, phone number, and needed by date.
- You are strongly encouraged to begin your research early. We will do the best we can to obtain your requests within your time frame.
- All emailed items will be sent to your school email address.
- Most article requests can be requested from within the research databases. A Request this Article link is provided on each search result.
- If emailing a request, provide complete information, including: article title, author, journal name, date, volume, issue, and page numbers.
- Provide complete information including: title, author, publisher, publication date, and edition (if available).
- If we do not own the item, we will review the request to consider purchasing it if the budget allows or try to get it for you through interlibrary loan.
- During the pandemic, many libraries are not providing interlibrary loan services, so some requests may not be able to be filled. We will notify you within a week if this is the case.
- If you are requesting a chapter or part of a book that is in our collection, we will scan it and email it to you.
- Google Books and Amazon are good places to review the table of contents of many books to see if one or two chapters will suffice.
- Copyright restrictions apply – requests are limited to one chapter or up to 10% of a book.
Checking Books Out
- Students living in King, Snohomish, Pierce, or Kitsap counties can pick up and drop off library materials during the building’s open hours (posted on the website). You will receive an email when the items are ready for pick up.
- Materials will be mailed via priority mail to students living outside of these counties. A return address label will be included. Return postage is the responsibility of the student. Materials should be mailed back two weeks after they are received unless a renewal is requested and granted.
- New this term, there is a limit of 10 items checked out at one time. Exceptions may be allowed to this rule by request to the Library Director.
- It is important to return items in a timely manner. We will make allowances for mailing times and you may request renewals. However, if someone else is waiting to use an item or items are seriously overdue, your circulation record may be locked until the items are returned. You will be notified with an overdue notice before we take this step.
- The library has worked hard and spent a great deal of money to provide digital versions of the required books for each class whenever they are available. Links to those books are on class pages.
- Electronic reserves of journal articles and book chapters are posted on class pages.
- You are strongly encouraged to purchase your own copy of the required books that are not available digitally.
- For the fall term, physical copies of Reserve books will be circulated for one week on a first-requested basis with no renewals allowed. Items that have been mailed must be mailed back one week after they are received.
- You can request a hold on an item that is checked out, but it may be up to 3 weeks before it is available (depending upon the location of the person using it).
- Please note: in most cases, the library only owns a single copy of the required books so depending on their availability for coursework is risky.
Please contact the library with any questions or concerns.