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Library Services & Information


Virtual chat reference is available 24/7! CPTC Librarians will respond to your questions between 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday. Outside of these hours your questions will be answered by academic librarians from other institutions across our state and around the world.

General Information

The Clover Park Technical College Library offers instruction-related materials in a variety of formats including books, DVDs, CD-ROMs, videos and online databases.

If you are looking for something and can’t find it, please ask any Library staff member for help.  If you want an item and it is already checked out, we can put you on a waiting list.  If the Library does not own the item you want, we can buy it or try to borrow it from another library, using the Interlibrary Loan System.

Clover Park Technical College Library & Computer Lab
Building 15
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Library: 253-589-5544

Computer Lab: 253-589-5820

Fax: 253-589-5726

Library Hours & Computer Lab Hours

Schedule an Appointment

The Learning Resource Center building is closed during the Fall Quarter. We are offering library services, technology support and eLearning support remotely, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:00pm.

Room locations in the Library building

Tutoring Center: Room 113K

e-Learning Office: Room 108

TLC: Room 106

Instruction Lab: Room 112

Reference Services

CPTC Library staff are eager to help you find information and answers to your research questions.  Contact us in person or call us at:

Pearl DeSure, 253-589-6067

Jason Anderson, 253-589-5764

Library Skills Classes & Class Orientations

Instructors may request appointments for Library Skills Classes & Orientations by calling 253-589-6067 or 253-589-5764

Computer Lab

The General Computer Lab has over 45 computers that may only be used for school-related purposes. All computers have Internet access and Microsoft Office Suite, as well as access to the ProQuest, EBSCOHost, Ebrary ebooks, Credo Reference and WOIS online databases.  There are 8 additional computers in the library.

Student WiFi 

To the wireless network, students must first set up an account in the Computer Lab. Tech staff are available to assist you with the initial setup. Additional information can be found at

Copying and Printing

Printing and copying require an account in Papercut.  See a Comptuer Lab Tech Staff for help with setting up an account.

Black and white copies/prints are 5¢ per page, 3¢ for duplex. Color copies/prints are available in the Computer Lab only. Color printing is 10¢ per page,8¢ for duplex.

Borrowing Library Material

Photo ID (preferably a College ID) is needed to check out materials or use the computers. You may need to complete a short application form to get a card.  You are responsible for all items checked out on your card. Please report your lost or stolen card and notify library staff of any changes in your address or phone number.

Loan Periods

  • Reference items: In-Library use only (with exceptions).
  • All other items:  28-day loan period (except Videos/DVDs, which have a 3-day loan period for Instructors and staff only). Students may view videos/DVDs in the library during open hours.
  • Reserves: Materials placed on reserve by instructors are for Library use only.


Check your CPTC student email for notices from the library concerning recalls, holds, overdue and billing notices. The Library does not charge daily overdue fines. If overdue items are not returned after receipt of three notices, they will be assumed lost. The college’s Business Office will then bill for the overdue items and include a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee. Student records are blocked until all bills are paid.

Returning Items to Library

You can return Library items to the “Book Return Box" located on the East side of Building 15 in the driveway.

Study Rooms

There are seven study rooms available in the library. The four small study rooms (rooms B, C, D & E) will seat up to four students. The three large study rooms (rooms A, F & G) can seat up to twelve students.

Sign in to use a study room at the front desk. Study rooms can be reserved for two hour time periods.

A Quiet Room is available for students seeking a quieter study environment.  The Quiet Room cannot be used for group work or tutoring.

Distance Education Services

CPTC Library staff can register you over the phone to access library services at 253-589-5544, or by FAX at 253-589-5726.

Reference Librarians can answer your reference requests by sending an email to Pearl at Note: Please allow two (2) business days for reference response.

ProQuest, EBSCOhost, Ebook Central, and WOIS Online databases and the Primo OneSearch are all available to remote users.  See the CPTC Library Online Databases section for remote logon instructions.

Ask a Librarian is a free online reference and research help service available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Chat with a reference librarian online, anytime. To access Ask a Librarian from the Library page just click on the Ask a Librarian link and type in your question. A college or university librarian will pick up your question and help you as best they can. If they are unable to help you they will refer your question to one of the CPTC librarians who will contact you as soon as possible.

Information Resources

CPTC Library Online Databases

The Library subscribes to several online databases. Remote access from off campus requires a user id and password which is available from Library staff. For additional information on using online resources see our Database brochure

To access all databases

  • Go to the Library’s Internet Web site
  • Scroll down to the heading “Library Databases”
  • If you are off campus you will need to enter a username and password. Ask staff for details.

Magazine/Journal Articles

ProQuest Database:

Contains articles from many newspapers, popular magazines, trade publications and scientific or scholarly journals. Proquest will contain information on almost any topic you are considering researching


Has 27 databases on a wide variety of topics. You can search all the databases or choose the ones most appropriate to your research. There are several nursing and allied databases including CINAHL, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and Alt HealthWatch. Other databases include Business Source Complete, Computer Science and Vocational & Career Collection.

Other Databases

Ebrary ebooks

Ebrary contains the full text of books on many topics including medicine, computers & IT, engineering & technology, psychology, science and the arts. Ebrary searches within the complete text of the book. Books can be read online or may be checked out for 14 days after an account is setup. You can print out or save individuals sections, pages or chapters of books. Off campus access to Ebrary is through the Proquest search screen.

WOIS Career Database

WOIS contains detailed information on more than 500 jobs including wages, working conditions, employment outlook and more. The database also has 4 assessment tests to help you explore your interests, skills, and goals and how they relate to the world of work.

WOIS Test Prep Database

This database contains practice test that you can take online. Tests include High School Equivalency Exam, ACT, CLEP and more.

Additional Resources in Building 15

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center is available to all CPTC students and provides free English and math tutoring.  Drop in anytime during open hours, no appointment is necessary.

Hours and location

Room 113K
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Room 111 — Math Lab
Monday & Wednesday: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday:4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Elearning Office

The eLearning Office is located in Building 15, room 108.


Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

No appointment needed but if you would like to schedule a time, use the contact numbers below.

eLearning Technical Support 253-589-4534

By e-mail:
Technical Support: