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ELL - English Language Learning: Using the Library

Find Help from Holman Librarians

Ask A Librarian!

Holman Library is open regular hours during the quarter. 
Librarians ARE also available virtually to assist you by email, phone, chat, and video appointment.  See options below:


By Appointment

Online Appointments:

Meet with a GRC librarian online for 25 or 50 minutes. Schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance.

In-Person Appointments:

Meet with a GRC librarian in-person, at Holman Library, for 25 or 50 minutes. Schedule an appointment 36 hours in advance.

By Phone

Contact a librarian during the library's open hours @ (253) 931-6480

By Chat

Ask a Librarian - Chat with a librarian right now.

Submit a Question - Chat librarians are offline, but you can send us your question and we will reply within one business day.


By Email

Email a librarian with a reference question at This is an alternative to chat/IM if you want help specifically from a Green River College librarian. This is not an immediate option as emails will be only answered during normal business hours.

Get Help from Tutors

You can work with a tutor (a teacher who helps one student at a time) to practice your writing, reading, listening and speaking.  Click the link to find out times when tutors are available:

Borrowing from the Library

Borrow Books and Videosphoto of the desk downstairs in the library where books are checked out.

The library has separate "Basic Skills" shelves of books/videos for ELL students (see map below)




Find books/videos about the following

You can borrow books for 21 days and most videos for 7 days

Take books/videos to the Circulation Desk and show your Green River Student ID


Library Map

(click on image to enlarge)

map of the second floor of the library highlighting the Basic Skills Collection in the back of the library


Use Computers

Computers are free - you can use them anytime

Students can use the internet, email, print, and write papers

Student can borrow laptops, webcams, and hot spots (internet through your cell phone)

If you do not know how to use a computer, librarians will help you!