Is the library open?
The Library is closed until further notice. Check this page for updates on RTC’s current status.
How do I contact the Library for help?
I’m afraid of exposure to COVID-19. How can I return books to the library?
There are book drops outside Building C (the main entrance) and Building I (the Bakery entrance.) You can leave your books there any time, 24 hours a day.
What if I have a book that was overdue because of the closure?
Email us at Librarian@RTC.edu and give us the details. We'll work with you on this.
How can I get help with databases when you're closed?
See the tips for Logging into RTC Databases page for assistance. Need other help? Email us at Librarian@RTC.edu with your question.)
Need research help?
Where can I find a copy of my textbook?
Are there some textbooks available online?
Currently there are not. This will be updated if we receive information about such textbooks.
Where can I get more information about the RTC response to COVID-19?
This is the official RTC Cornonvirus (COVID-19) page, and has the latest information on open hours and current plans for the campus.
Where can I find digital resources on my subject?
Check out this page: How to Use Library Resources When the Library is Closed. It lists and links to the RTC Database and tells you how to log in, and how to get assistance if you need it.
I’m a faculty member. How can I get library instruction for my class?
Please contact the library at Librarian@RTC.edu. We have a variety of ways of offering instruction online and in person
We can provide the following library workshops/orientations online through Zoom:
We can also design in-class activities and assignments to encourage students to actively seek, evaluate, and apply information within the context of a research assignment. If you don't have an assignment, library faculty are happy to work with you to design one.
How can I learn how to keep myself and my family safe from exposure?
You can find information on what to do if you think you have COVID-19, or have been exposed to it, on this King County Public Heath Department page, in English and 15 other languages, including Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian and more.
Where is the Washington State webpage that has information about financial resources for people affected by COVID-19?
This Washington State page, Coronavirus Financial Resources, includes links to unemployment assistance, information about what to do if you are having trouble paying your mortgage, rent, or credit cards, small business assistance, and information about student loan deferments.
Other questions? Please email us at Librarian@RTC.edu
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