Our Collections

The library at Lake Washington Institute of Technology has a collection of physical, digital, and media technologies. For questions about any of our collections or the resources we provide, please contact us.

Please note: in Spring 2021, all late/overdue fines and fees were removed. Lost item and damaged item fees continue. Please review our Policies and Procedures page for more information.


You will find books on the upper floor, arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system.

  • Loan Period: Current quarter
  • In-library use only? No

eBooks and Research Databases

Visit our website to discover and gain access to 70k+ eBook collection and multiple research databases.

  • Loan Period: Varies by eBook 
  • In-library use only? No

Course Reserves

Located behind the library front desk on main floor, these books can only be checked out for two hours at a time, for in-library use only.

  • Loan Period: 2 hours
  • In-library use only? Yes

LWTech Archive

Located on the main floor of the library, the LWTech Archive is a collection of non-circulating materials related to the history of LWTech. Please ask at the reference desk for assistance in using these materials


Movies (including DVDs and Blu-rays) are located on the main floor, arranged by date of acquisition.

  • Loan Period: 7 days
  • In-library use only? No

Note: the library has the technology to play Blu-ray discs in its study rooms.

Diversity & Social Justice Collection (DSJ)

DSK collection books on several library shelvesThe DSJ Collection consists of books and movies that educate regarding oppression to support the campus-wide DSJ requirement. Categories of oppression include sexism, homophobia, social oppression, classism, religious oppression, ableism, ageism, environmental justice, racism, intersectionality, critical pedagogy, level of education, immigration status, and ethnicity. This collection is located along the far back wall on the 3rd floor of the library.

Do you need help browsing the collection? Use this DSJ Finding Aid

Zine Collection

Located on the main floor of the library near the windows, our zine collection covers diverse topics and stories.

Indigenous Peoples Collection (IPC)

The IPC focuses on native culture and history within the region and beyond. Look for the green “IPC” label on the spine of books and movies in our general collection.

International Collection

The International Collection, forthcoming in Spring 2019, is supported by the LWTech Foundation. It reflects the diverse student body of the college by providing resources related to student nationalities/countries of origin. Identification of this collection is within the records of Library Search, and these collection items are interfiled in the general collection.

Equipment & Games 

In addition to its collections of books, movies, and music, the LWTech Library also has various equipment for student use. Some of these technologies can only be used in the library, and some can be checked out. Additionally, some collection items are available to all, and others are restricted to either student or faculty/staff. Please see below for an extensive list of our offerings, and email us or visit us in person if you have additional questions or comments. Note: all items below can be checked out to students, faculty, and staff with ID numbers, unless otherwise specified.

Unless otherwise indicated, the loan period is 7 days and they can be used outside of the library.

Below is a list of the current types of circulating equipment and technology. Please stop by the library to learn more about specific models.

  • Webcams
  • Microphones
  • Digital Projectors
  • Still Image Digital Cameras
  • Digital Video Cameras
  • SD Memory Cards
  • USB Memory Drives (Thumb Drives)
  • Media Readers
  • Headphones (in-library use only)
  • Noise Canceling Ear Muffs (in-library use only)
  • External DVD Drives (USB-powered)
  • Camera Tripods

Loan period: 4 hour In-library ue only.

Exceptions may be made to allow for other use. Please speak with library staff for more information.

We currently have the following board games:

  • Star Fluxx
  • Dominoes
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • The Settlers of Catan
  • Catan: Seafarers
  • Munchkin Deluxe
  • Jenga
  • Scrabble
  • Monopoly

There are a limited number of laptop computers available for LWTech students and employees. Following an agreement to strict guidelines established by the Library, students can use special laptops (in-library only), and employees have access to laptops and tablets (short-term checkout only).

The library currently has a limited number of circulating laptops available to all students. These may be borrowed for an entire quarter.

You may also qualify for a free laptop or other device. Please follow the process below to be considered for a laptop.

  1. Fill out the brief "Technology Needs Assessment Form" on the Fall/Winter/Spring Quarter Classes landing page.
  2. Your form will be reviewed and you will be contacted by LWTech's Dean of Instruction
  3. Depending on availability, the Dean will contact you with next steps.

If you are looking for additional equipment to support your creative projects, please visit the Innovation Lab, located in the East Building.