The library, located in the Heiner Center, provides a safe space for students to collaborate on projects, study, perform research and obtain assistance from librarians. The library houses books, journals, videos, music CDs, DVDs, maps, etc. There are silent and group study rooms, along with computers and printers for student use. Photocopiers and miscellaneous supplies (stapler, paper cutter, 3-hole punch, etc.) are also available.
Librarians at the reference desk work with students on a one-to-one basis for help with research. Students can chat via “ask-a-librarian“ 24/7 through a link on the library’s website. Librarians teach information literacy and provide customized instruction sessions to classes from disciplines across the curriculum.
The library’s website (library.whatcom.edu) provides access to music and video streams, periodical databases, local library catalogs, tutorials and subject guides. Textbooks and other course materials placed on reserve by faculty members may be checked out at the reserves/circulation desk. WCC students with library cards from the local Bellingham Public or Whatcom County library systems may place holds from either catalog and designate WCC as the delivery location. Students needing resources unavailable on campus may request them through interlibrary loan using a form on the library website or use their student ID to access any one of six area libraries in the Whatcom Libraries Collaborate. Media services, on the top floor of the library, loans equipment such as digital cameras and camcorders to students. Students can receive production help with video and audio projects.