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Banned Books Week: Keep the Light On – September 22-28!

September 16, 2019 by Eileen Sakamoto | 0 comments

Banned Books Week – Keep the Light On – September 22 – 28

Ray Bradbury once commented, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them.” 

Leeward CC Library’s display “Keep the Light On” showcases books that have been banned or challenged.  These books will NOT be circulated during Banned Books Week. This is to reflect what it feels like to live in a society that has limited what we can or cannot read. The books will be available to borrow from September 30th.

As Salman Rushdie said, “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” Please come visit our banned books display which will be unveiled on September 22nd. For more information on Banned/Challenged books please visit this site: Banned Books Week LibGuide [New Window].


NEW BOOKS: Best Sellers and OverDrive Collections – September 2019

September 9, 2019 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

RELAX with a Best Seller!

The Best Sellers Collection [New Window] is on the library’s main level and features a rotating selection of bestselling fiction and non-fiction print books from popular authors on a three-week borrowing period.

New Best Seller Titles

Click on the book’s image to place a hold on it in our Voyager catalog. For instructions on placing a hold on a library item, click here [New Window].

The Poet X book cover The Lost Girls of Paris The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls book cover The Silence of the Girls book cover Time's Convert book cover Lost Children Archive book cover Unsheltered book cover The Ruin of Kings book cover My Sister, the Serial Killer book cover Evvie Drake Starts Over book cover

Your mobile ADVENTURE begins on OverDrive!

The OverDrive Collection [New Window] contains digital general interest non-fiction and fiction titles along with titles supporting Leeward classes. Use the “New Additions” sub-collection [New Window] to review all titles available.  These e-books have a two-week loan period.

New OverDrive Titles

Click on the book’s image to access the e-book’s Voyager catalog record. In the record’s “Holdings Information,” the provided link will direct you to borrowing the e-book in OverDrive.

The Testaments book cover The Uninhabitable Earth book cover Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature book cover Hoʻi Hou Ka Mauli Ola book cover Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story book cover Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance book cover Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion book cover Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat book cover 21 Lessons for the 21st Century book cover Undo It! book cover Ducks, Newburyport book cover When - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing book cover One of Us is Lying book cover Shortest Way Home Digital Minimalism book cover The Yellow House book cover Boys Will Be Boys book cover An American Summer book cover

Is there a book you’d like us to get?

We welcome your suggestions…Please fill out our Best Sellers & OverDrive Suggestion Form [New Window].


August 26, 2019
by Wayde Oshiro

Welcome to Fall 2019 from the Library!

The Library was very busy over the summer working on several projects with the aim of improving our physical collections, electronic resources, spaces, and services for our students, faculty, and staff. The most notable changes this semester are:

  • Hawaiian-Pacific Collections, 2nd & 3rd-floors – The collections are now split between a reference (library-use only) collection and a circulating collection. The H-P Reference collection is housed in the Library’s Kapunawai Room, Learning Commons, 2nd-floor, main level, while the H-P (circulating) collection is upstairs. This change was prompted by confusion about the locations of books available for loan and those that are for library use only.
  • Juvenile Collection, 2nd-floor – The Juvenile collection was moved to the 2nd-floor, main level, adjacent to the Best Sellers and ESL collections.
  • Reference Collection, 3rd-floor – The Reference collection was downsized. Outdated titles were removed while some titles were relocated to the General collection.
  • Current Periodicals Collection, 3rd-floor & online – New titles were added to the Flipster online magazine collection and some print and electronic titles were canceled due to low usage.
    • Canceled (print)
      • Cooks’ Illustrated
      • Fine Cooking
      • Journal of College Science Teaching
      • Make: Technology on Your Time (suspended by publisher)
      • National Wildlife
      • Sky & Telescope
      • Teaching English in the Two Year College
      • Utne Reader
    • Canceled (Flipster)
      • Astronomy
      • Mac Life
      • Vanity Fair
      • W Magazine
      • Writer’s Digest
    • New titles (Flipster)
      • The Art Newspaper
      • New York Review of Books (available 10/1/19)
      • Real Simple (available 10/1/19)
      • Simply Gluten Free (available 10/1/19)
      • Simply Vegan (available 10/1/19)
  • Microfilm Collection, 3rd-floor – The Microfilm collection (yes, we still have one) was downsized to focus on local publications such as the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. See our Periodicals List  for titles and date coverage. Gaps in coverage are due to a persistent problem with “vinegar syndrome” which affects acetate-based film. If you want to find local newspaper articles before the mid-’90s or early ’00s, microfilm is still the way to go since the newspapers haven’t been digitized. We also have a new digital microfilm scanner to assist you in your historical research.
  • Online Databases – We monitor usage stats for our electronic resources and use this information in our renewal decisions. Due to low usage, the following databases were discontinued.
  • New Space for Students, 3rd-floor – Yes, we made more space for students upstairs! How did we do this? The collection changes that I described above along with the continued growth of our e-book and e-journal collections and online research databases results in fewer print books being purchased each year. As time progresses, some existing print titles become outdated and are weeded during our annual reviews. This summer, with the assistance of O&M, we removed a range of shelving near the Reference Desk, 3rd-floor. We’ve rearranged the furniture just a bit for now, but we are exploring ways to make the best use of the additional space we’ve created.  Let us know if you have any ideas!
  • New Online Appointment Scheduler  – We are piloting a new online booking system to make an appointment with a librarian. You or your students can book appointments with a librarian from our calendar at  The link can also be found by going to and clicking Ask A Librarian. Online booking availability is limited during this testing phase. You can also book an appointment with a librarian the traditional way in-person, by phone, or by email. The innovation with our new online appointment scheduler is to offer students a way to book appointments in advance with a librarian.

I welcome your comments and questions on any of the changes I’ve outlined above. More changes are coming to the Library in the near future, but I’ll save that for another post. Until then, have a wonderful Fall semester. The Library is ready to serve Leeward’s students, faculty, and staff in 2019-20!

Let the Fall E-Book Reading Begin!

August 25, 2019 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

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New electronic book titles have been added to the OverDrive database [New Window].

Just a few reasons to try an e-book on OverDrive:

  • Downloadable ebooks for viewing on tablets, smartphones, e-readers, and desktops
  • Online and offline viewing modes
  • Supported formats include Kindle Books, OverDrive Read, and EPUB eBook
  • Two-week loan period. No late returns, no overdue fines, ever!

If you are interested in a title below, click on the book cover image to access the e-book’s Hawaiʻi Voyager catalog record. In the record’s “Holdings Information,” the provided link will direct you to borrowing the e-book in OverDrive [New Window].

Three Women book cover Ironopolis book cover The Five book cover
The Source of Self-Regard book cover Thirteen Reasons Why book cover Nā Wāhine Koa book cover
Existentialism From Dostoevsky To Sartre book cover Kokoro book cover The Stranger book cover


Fall 2019: Library Hours, Student ID Validations, & Course Reserves

August 13, 2019 by An | 0 comments

Welcome back, Leeward Faculty & Staff!

Hope you enjoyed the summer break! Here are our Fall 2019 hours, effective Monday, August 26th:

Fall 2019 Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30am-8pm & Friday 7:30am-6pm

Fall 2019 Validation Stickers

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Please remind students to drop by the library’s circulation desk to validate their Leeward CC student ID cards [New Window]. A validated ID card allows students to borrow library items, print and photocopy documents, and participate in Student Life activities.

Validation stickers will be available Tuesday, August 20th. To check our hours, view our library calendar [New Window].

Fall 2019 Course Reserves

Leeward Course Reserves List

Have you updated your course reserves [New Window] in the library yet?

Course reserves are books and materials instructors have set aside for their students to use. Some items are from the library’s collections but most items are the instructors’ personal copies. Our course reserve shelf is located at the front/circulation desk and students will have to show their validated student ID to check items out.

If you are interested in placing an item on our course reserve shelf, please fill out our Course Reserves Request Form [New Window] or contact Kale Kingsbury, x209 !

Library Hours: August 10-25

July 31, 2019 by An | 0 comments

Library Hours: August 10-25, 2019

The library will be closed between sessions, August 10-25, and will re-open Monday, August 26th – first day of instruction.

A few notes:

  • August 16 (Friday) – Holiday: Statehood Day
  • August 20-22 (Tuesday-Thursday) – To help students prepare for the fall semester, the Learning Commons (main floor) will be open 8am – 12pm but the library (upstairs) will be closed to the public.

Although the library will be closed during this period, staff will still be around to assist you! You can contact library staff directly [New Window] or just call the front/circulation desk at x210.

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