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Library Services & Information

General Information

The Clover Park Technical College Library offers instruction-related materials in a variety of formats including books, DVDs, CD-ROMs, videos and online databases.

If you are looking for something and can’t find it, please ask any Library staff member for help.  If you want an item and it is already checked out, we can put you on a waiting list.  If the Library does not own the item you want, we can buy it or try to borrow it from another library, using the Interlibrary Loan System.

Clover Park Technical College Library & Computer Lab
Building 15
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Library: 253-589-5544

Computer Lab: 253-589-5820

Fax: 253-589-5726

Library Hours & Computer Lab Hours

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays

Call us at 253.589.5544 for hours during non-instructional days.

Room locations in the Library building

Tutoring Center: Room 113K

e-Learning Office: Room 108

TLC: Room 106

Writing Lab: Room 112

Reference Services

CPTC Library staff are eager to help you find information and answers to your research questions.  Contact us in person or call us at:

Elaine Holster, 253-589-5628

Doug Ammons, 253-589-6067

Library Skills Classes & Class Orientations

Instructors may request appointments for Library Skills Classes & Orientations by calling 253-589-5628 or 253-589-6067

Computer Lab

The General Computer Lab has over 45 computers that may only be used for school related purposes. All computers have Internet access and Microsoft Office Suite, as well as access to the ProQuest, EBSCOHost, Ebrary ebooks, Credo Reference and WOIS online databases.  There are 8 additional computers in the library.

Please sign the login sheet prior to using a computer. There is a login sheet at the Computer Lab desk and another in the Library near the bank of computers.

Open WiFi — Access Point

WiFi is available throughout Building 15.  Ask Library staff for username and password.

Copying and Printing

Printing and copying require an account in Papercut.  See a Comptuer Lab Tech Staff for help with setting up an account.

Black and white copies/prints are 5¢ per page, 3¢ for duplex. Color copies/prints are available in the Computer Lab only. Color printing is 10¢ per page,8¢ for duplex.


Fax services are available for $1.50 for the first page and $0.50 each additional page. 

Borrowing Library Material

A Library/Computer Lab Card is needed to check out materials or use the computers.  You will need to complete a short application form to get a card.  You are responsible for all items checked out on your card. Please report your lost or stolen card and notify library staff of any changes in your address or phone number.

Loan Periods

  • Reference items: In-Library use only (with exceptions).
  • All other items:  28-day loan period (except Videos/DVDs, which have a 3-day loan period for Instructors and staff only). Students may view videos/DVDs in the library during open hours.
  • Reserves: Materials placed on reserve by instructors are for Library use only.


The Library does not charge daily overdue fines. If overdue items are not returned after receipt of three    notices, they will be assumed lost.  The college’s Business Office will then bill for the overdue items and include a $5.00 non-refundable processing fee.  Student records are blocked until all bills are paid.

Returning Items to Library

You can return Library items to the Library during our open hours or to the Library “Book Return” box.      The book return box is located on the east side of Building 15 in the driveway.


Study Rooms

There are seven study rooms available in the library. The four small study rooms (rooms B, C, D & E) will seat up to four students. The three large study rooms (rooms A, F & G) can seat up to twelve students.

Sign in to use a study room at the front desk. Study rooms can be reserved for two hour time periods.

A Quiet Room is available for students seeking a quieter study environment.  The Quiet Room cannot be used for group work or tutoring.

Distance Education Services

CPTC Library staff can register you over the phone to access library services at 253-589-5544, or by FAX at 253-589-5726.

Reference Librarians can answer your reference requests by sending an email to Elaine at or by phoning her at 253-589-5628, or by sending an e-mail to Doug at or by phoning him at 253-589-6067.

ProQuest, EBSCOhost, Ebrary ebooks, Credo Reference and WOIS Online databases and the Horizon Library Catalog are all available to remote users.  See the CPTC Library Online Databases section for remote logon instructions.

Ask a Librarian is a free online reference and research help service available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Chat with a reference librarian online, anytime. To access Ask a Librarian from the Library page just click on the Ask a Librarian link and type in your question. A college or university librarian will pick up your question and help you as best they can. If they are unable to help you they will refer your question to one of the CPTC librarians who will contact you as soon as possible.

Information Resources

Horizon Catalog

The CPTC Horizon Catalog is available to locate books, reference materials and videos within the Library.  

Go to the Library’s website.

Click on “Horizon Library Catalog”.

CPTC Library Online Databases

The Library subscribes to several online databases. Remote access from off campus requires a user id and password which is available from Library staff. For additional information on using online resources see our Database brochure

For remote access to all databases

  • Go to the Library’s Internet Web site
  • Click “CPTC Library Databases”
  • Choose which database to access

Magazine/Journal Articles

ProQuest Database:

Contains articles from many newspapers, popular magazines, trade publications and scientific or scholarly journals. Proquest will contain information on almost any topic you are considering researching

EBSCOHost Health Source

Is primarily a nursing, medicine and allied health database. You will also find some articles dealing with psychology and social topics as well. Most of the publications in Ebscohost are from scholarly journals and trade publications.

Other Databases

Ebrary ebooks

Use Proquest to search for ebooks. After your search click on the “ebooks” tab.

Ebrary contains the full text of books in two subject areas; Nursing & Allied Health and Computers & IT. Ebrary searches within the text of the book. Books can be read online or may be checked out for 14 days after an account is setup. You can print out or save individuals sections, pages or chapters of books. There are no articles in Ebrary.

Credo Reference

Consists of material from general and specialized encyclopedias and other reference sources. Many subject areas are covered including medicine, sociology, cooking, history, biography and more. Articles can range in length from twenty or fewer words to over 4,000 words in length. Includes images and maps. There are no articles in Credo Reference.

WOIS Career Database

WOIS contains detailed information on more than 500 jobs including wages, working conditions, employment outlook and more. The database also has 4 assessment tests to help you explore your interests, skills, and goals and how they relate to the world of work.

WOIS Test Prep Database

This database contains practice test that you can take online. Tests include High School Equivalency Exam, ACT, CLEP and more.

Additional Resources in Building 15

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center is available to all CPTC students and provides free English and math tutoring.  Drop in anytime during open hours, no appointment is necessary.

Hours and location

Room 113K
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fridaysp: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Room 111 — Math Lab
Monday & Wednesday: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday:4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Elearning Office

The eLearning Office is located in Building 15, room 108.


Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

No appointment needed but if you would like to schedule a time, use the contact numbers below.

eLearning Technical Support 253-589-4534
eLearning Coordinator: 253-589-5730

By e-mail:
Technical Support:
eLearning Coordinator: