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Library Services During Remote Operations Guide: Library Services


The SVC Library Buildings are currently closed. We are offering online services and curbside pickup. Please see links below for details and access to the Curbside Pickup Scheduler.

Get help from a librarian

We are here to help!



Phone: 360-416-7847 (leave a message, lines monitored daily)


Study Spaces

Study rooms and library computer labs are not currently accessible.

Checking Out Materials 

As of July 6th, the Libraries on both campuses will be operating semi-remotely and the building will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am-4pm until further notice. Library staff is available during these hours but if you need alternative arrangements, please contact us at 360-416-7837 (Mount Vernon) or 360-679-5322 (Oak Harbor).

Please see the library website for more information.

Students can continue to check out library materials, course reserves, and technology. These items will be checked out on a quarterly basis and will be due back at the end of the current quarter. 

NOTE: To purchase course textbooks, please check the Bookstore website.  

Returning Materials 

Mount Vernon Campus Library 

You may return books and other small items in the book drop behind the library at any time.  

To return laptops and other large items, please call the circulation desk at 360-416-7837 or to arrange drop off. 

In case of no answer or after business hours, contact the Mount Vernon Campus Security at 360-416-7777.

Whidbey Island Campus Library 

Students can return library materials to the Whidbey Island Campus Library by using the drop box located in the walkway between Hayes Hall and Oak Hall. The lower-level parking lot provides easy access to drop off library material. 

To return laptops or other large items during Library hours, please call the Whidbey Library at 360-679-5322 or to arrange drop off.   

In case of no answer or after business hours, contact Whidbey Island Campus Security at 360-679-5383.


Research Assistance

Online Library

During remote operations, our library databases offer access to articles, streaming videos, and e-books. Log into them from home using your full SVC email address and password.

While the college remains on remote operations, an SVC librarian will be available via chat to answer your questions during the quarter. Click the slide-out chat box labeled "Ask a Librarian" on this page to enter your name, email address and ask a question. After hours, the chat service is staffed 24/7 by librarians at other libraries in our international cooperative. For Spanish-speakers, the slide out chat box labeled "Preguntanos" will take you to a Spanish-language chat service.

You can also schedule a Zoom meeting with one of our friendly librarians to get assistance! Zoom Reference is available only during the regular quarters and is unavailable during intercessions.

Email Us

Email will be monitored regularly while the library remains in remote operations.
Mount Vernon campus students:


You may leave a message at these numbers. They will be checked several times a day:
(360)416-7847 for Research Assistance (360)416-7837 for assistance related to Circulation (renewing checked out materials, fines, etc).

For up-to-date, reliable information on the coronavirus, please check the Library's Coronavirus Research Guide

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