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Holman Library Borrowing Frequently Asked Questions

Note about the library and COVID-19

Due to the physical library building being closed until further notice, several library services and procedures have been impacted. However, many of our services are still open, and our collections are still available!

All online collections are accessible on your personal computers. Physical items are available for checkout with some restrictions.

For more information and current updates, please visit the Holman Library 2020 Updates link below this note.

Looking for stuff to borrow?

Use the Holman Library One Search to find books, movies, music, and more.

How do I check out or borrow a book or other item?

Students, staff, faculty and community borrowers may check out library materials with proper ID. For students, staff and faculty your library card is your student or employee ID card. For other borrowers, an official ID is required.

Checkout Procedures during COVID-19 and Campus Closures:

Patrons may submit requests for any circulating material through the online catalog by placing a hold and coming to the north side of the library for pickup.

Items you'll need:
  • Ability to sign-in to your GRC Holman Library account on a computer or phone to place your request.
  • A "health attestation form" filled out shortly before you come to campus.
  • A way to get to campus - car, bike, bus, or on foot.
  • Face covering - mask, bandana, headscarf that covers nose and mouth, etc.
  • A phone - to call the HL Circulation Desk when you arrive for your pickup.
  • Photo ID - school ID or other photo ID to confirm your identity for pickup.
  • Good idea to bring - a bag or other means of carrying your items once you've picked them up from Holman Library.


How to place a hold to request an item for curbside pickup:


  • Go to the library online catalog
  • In the search box, type what you are looking for (topics you are interested in or a specific title)
  • See the list of results
    • If the result says "View Online", then click on the title to view it.
    • If the result says "Available at Holman Library", then it is a physical item and you can request it for curbside pickup:
      1. Click on the title of the item
      2. Under the "Find It" section, click on the sign in link in the yellow banner ("Sign in to see loan requests and to access your library account")
      3. Choose "Current Students". Enter your student ID and network password (remember, you need to reset this every quarter)
      4. Under the "Find It" section, click "Play a request to pick up this item"
      5. Choose a date after which you no longer need your requested item
      6. In the "Pick up at" line, type: "Curbside Pickup"
      7. Click "Send Request"
      8. You will be contacted by library staff to schedule an appointment for curbside pickup!

Note: If you have fines over $10 the system will not allow you to place a hold. You may pay fines to Cashiers' Office (phone: 253-288-3399).

Once you have placed your hold request: 
  • Library staff will contact you to schedule an appointment time for pickup (using your contact information on file with GRC).

  • Library circulation phone number: 253-931-6490

  • All checkouts will be for three weeks unless an extended checkout is requested.
    • Items that cannot be requested for curbside pickup: Reference materials, periodicals, Course Reserves with short-term checkout periods (most Course Reserves materials - faculty may still request limited scanning)


How to pick up curbside items from Holman Library (by car, foot, or bicycle):
  • Library staff will contact you to let you know when you can come to campus to pick up your item  (using your contract info on record with GRC).
  • Right before you go to campus, fill out the health attestation form.
  • Go to the pickup location outside the North entrance of the library
    • Use the driveway to the entrance of the library right off of SE 320th St.
  • Call (253) 931-6490 when you arrive (during library open hours) and library staff will come outside with your item(s).
  • If in a car: Stay in your car and wear a face covering.
  • If on foot or bicycle: please wait outside, wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • Show your picture ID to receive your items.


Library safety measures:
  • Incoming books are quarantined for a minimum of 4 days.
  • Staff wear masks and gloves when handling books.
  • Items will be placed in plastic bags for delivery.
  • When picking up items, both library patrons and staff should wear masks and practice social distancing.

Returning Items During COVID-19

Most library items (not tech equipment - see below) can be returned to the Holman Library bookdrop, located next to the south entrance of the building or mailed to Holman Library.

GRC Holman Library Bookdrop: to left of the south building doors

If you borrowed a textbook from Running Start, TRiO, or Open Doors this quarter, your program advisors will contact you with information about how they are handling returns for these textbooks.

If you borrowed a textbook from ODEI this quarter, you can return it to the library bookdrop. If returning ODEI texts to the library bookdrop, please send circdesk@greenriver.edu an email including:

  • your name,
  • the date you dropped off the texts
  • the titles of returned items


Mailing Address:

Green River College,
Holman Library (ATTN: Circulation)
12401 SE 320th St,
Auburn, WA 98092


Technical equipment (including laptops, webcams, headsets, WiFi hotspots, microphones) should be returned directly to Campus Safety while the library building is closed. Please do not return equipment by mail.

Equipment can be returned to:

Campus Safety: Student Affairs and Success Building (SA), Main Green River campus, room 156.

  • Call (253) 288-3350 so that a member of Campus Safety can arrange to pick up the equipment from you when returning items, please!

Do I need a library card?

Your Green River photo ID card is your library card. You must have it with you in order to check out books and other materials from Holman Library.

How do I get a Green River photo ID card?

The library will make a Green River ID card for you at the library circulation desk. Bring a photo ID and something showing your student ID number such as your temporary paper ID or your schedule

What if I lose my card?

Your first card is free; the replacement cost is $5.

Can I get a library card if I am not a student, staff, or faculty member? (community borrower)

Yes. Community members who want to check out books pay $5 for a Community Member ID card. You can get your ID card at the library and pay for it at the cashiers office. This card never expires as long as you don't lose it and you return library materials properly. You can either pay the $5 fee at the GRC Cashier's Office and bring a receipt to Holman Library to have your Community Member card created, or you can pay for and have the card created at the same time in the Paper Tree Bookstore.

How long can I keep a book, CD, or other item I check out from the library?

Students and General Public

Item Type
Length of Time
General, Oversized, Picture and Basic Skills Books 21 days
Reference Books In-library use only (does not circulate)
Magazines and Journals In-library use only (does not circulate)
Course Reserves Loan period set by instructor
DVDs and VHS 7 days / limit 5 
Audio CDs 7 days / limit 5
Headphones, Headphone Splitters 4 hours in-library use only
USB Drives 4 hours in-library use only
Laptops 4 hours in-library use only
Essential Skills Collection Items 7 days

Faculty and Staff

Item Type
Length of Time
Books 1 quarter
Reference Books in-library use only (does not circulate)
Magazines and Journals 7 days
DVDs and VHS 7 days
Audio CDs 7 days
Essential Skills Collection Items 7 days


Interlibrary Loan Items

The library that owns the item determines the borrowing and renewal times; however you can generally borrow books for about three weeks and most media for about two weeks. Renewals generally extend the borrowing period about two more weeks. Contact the Holman Library Circulation Desk to request a renewal at least two days prior to your due date.

What can I borrow?

Books, some audio-visual materials, headphones, USBs and laptops can be borrowed. We also offer some media equipment to current students for use in the library or the Digital Media Lab:

Can I keep an item during quarter break?

Students, faculty, staff and community borrowers may check out items from the library over the breaks between quarters. Borrowers must show proper ID, and the check out date will be modified to reflect a due date for the beginning of the new quarter.

How do I renew a book or other item I have checked out? (and see my library account, loans, fines...etc.)

You may renew books and other library materials in person or with a phone call to the library circulation desk, (253) 833 - 9111 ext. 2090. You may also renew online through our Holman Library One Search by clicking the link below:


To learn more about how to access your library account and renew items or more, please watch this video:

Source: "How to Access Your Library Account" by Holman Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Learn how to access your Holman Library account to see loans, fines, and to renew items.

Renewals are permitted if:

  • No one else has requested the item
  • The renewal limit has not been reached
  • If you have no blocks on your library account (an unpaid fine is one example of a block).

Overdue items may be renewed, but overdue fines will be charged.

Lost items (40 days past due) may not be renewed. 

Interlibrary Loan Renewals

For more information on how to renew an item that you had requested by Interlibrary Loan, please visit the Interlibrary Loan page:

What if I damage a book or other item?

Holman library reserves the right to assess items and determine whether or not they are damaged upon their return. The library charges fees for damage to books and materials. Repeated incidents of damage will result in loss of library privileges.

Damage assessment and fines for books and other print items:

Damage assessment and fines for books and other print items

Type of Damage

Minor- A few pencil marks, bent pages and very slight water damage.

Warning or note in patron's record with no fee
Moderate - Highlighting, ink marks, stains, water damage, torn pages or multiple pages with pencil. $5 fee
Major - Damage to cover and binding requiring extensive repairs $10 fee
Severe - Torn, cut or missing pages, excessive ink writing or drawing, severe water damage, burns, teeth marks from pets or any other extensive damage $10 processing fee plus replacement cost as determined by acquisitions librarian

Media and Computer Equipment

The patron will be charged the full replacement cost for damaged CDs, cassette tapes, video tapes and DVDs, computer mouse, headphones microphones and USBs.

The patron will be charged repair costs of up to $1,000 for damaged laptops.

What if I lose a book or other item?

A book or other item is considered lost if it is not returned within 40 days of its due date. If the item is returned after 40 days, the replacement cost is waived but the overdue charge must still be paid.  Fines and fees are paid in the Cashier's Office (253-833-9111 x2050). Repeated loss of library materials will result in the loss of library privileges.

Lost Item Charges

Item Type
Replacement Costs
Main Collection, Oversized, Essential Skills, Picture and Basic Skills Books Replacement cost plus overdue fines
Course Reserves Replacement cost plus overdue fines
Telecourse & VHS / DVD Sets $100 to replace the set. If one tape or disk is missing from the set, the missing tape or disk is prorated, plus overdue fines
DVDs, CDs, and VHS Replacement cost plus overdue fines
Headphones $10 replacement fee
Laptop $1000
Laptop Mouse $30
Laptop Cord $30

Will I have to pay if I don't return a book or other item on time?

Overdue Charges

Item Type
Overdue Fines
Grace Period
Main Collection, Oversized, Picture and Basic Skills Books 25¢ per day 7 days -- $2.00 due on the 8th day
Course Reserves - Hourly checkout 5¢ per minute 30 minutes -- $1.50 due after 30 minutes
Course Reserves - Daily checkout $1 per day None
Telecourse and  DVD Sets $1  per day per DVD set 1 day -- $2.00 due on the 2nd day
DVDs and VHS - 7-day checkouts 25¢ per day 1 day -- 50¢ due on the 2nd day
Music and Essential College Skills  25¢ per day 1 day -- 50¢ due on the 2nd day
Headphones $10 replacement cost Fee charged if not returned the same calendar day they are checked out
Laptops 5¢ per minute 30 minutes -- $1.50 due after 30 minutes

Holman Library reserves the right to adjust fines and fees without notice.

Fines and fees are paid in the Cashier's Office (253-833-9111 x2050). When total fines are equal to or greater than $10.00, a block will be placed on library privileges.

When fines have not been paid after 60 days, the borrower's debt may be sent to a collections agency.


What / Where is Circulation?

Library materials selected from the first or second floor are checked out and checked in at the circulation desk. Reserve materials and Interlibrary Loans are also processed here.

The circulation desk is located adjacent to the library entrance on the first floor. 

How do I borrow items from other libraries?

You may borrow from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service. It's usually free.

You may also be able to borrow materials or browse the collections of other libraries.

Do you keep my personal information confidential?

It is our policy to keep your library records confidential. After library items have been returned, the record of your check out is erased. We abide by the Green River College Privacy Policy.