Welcome to Olympic College Libraries

Welcome to Olympic College Libraries

Olympic College Libraries are an integral part of the college experience, offering a wide variety of resources, including open computer labs, group study rooms, and quiet places for study and reflection. Resources include tens of thousands of books and e-books, videos, and sound recordings. In addition, thousands of periodicals and reference works are available electronically, on and off campus, through a variety of subscription databases, and our free, international Interlibrary loan service. 

Library faculty at Olympic College Bremerton campus assist students in all phases of the research process and are available in person for consultation during all hours of operation.  Research assistance is also available 24/7/365 via chat and email.

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Library Branches

You are encouraged to visit library branches at each of our campuses, where you will find a wealth of resources with friendly and knowledgeable faculty and staff who are ready to assist you! 

Library Research Courses

LIB-R 110 Internet Research Skills (2 credits)

An introduction to the Internet as an information resource and search tool for academic and personal use. It includes a brief history of the Internet, as well as Internet navigation techniques, search tools, website evaluation criteria, advanced searching strategies and ethical/legal issues involving the Internet. This course covers online resources such as websites, electronic databases, search engines, web portals, listservs, blogs, wikis, library catalogs, and the invisible web.

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History of the Haselwood Library

Roof collapse

History of the Haselwood Library

The current main branch of the library on the Bremerton Campus, the Haselwood Library, was built after a major district-wide fundraising effort following a roof collapse in 1996, caused by an unusually heavy ice storm. The Olympic College Haselwood Library opened on March 10, 2000 at a cost of $7.9 million. As the first new building in the college's revised Master Plan, the new structure offers more than $1.5 million in new books, periodicals, media, and equipment that replace contents which were lost when the roof of the previous building collapsed in a major snowstorm. The three-story building has views of Mt. Rainier, Port Washington Narrows, and the Olympic Mountains. Schreiber & Lane, Architects, used natural light extensively in their “Northwest Lodge” design.

The library is named in honor of Bremerton residents and benefactors, Joanne and Chuck Haselwood. "Four of our children went to Olympic College, and we have lots of grandkids who may go there," Joanne said. "There's not much sense in having a college if you can't have a library to go along with it."  The Haselwoods generously supplied the lead gift of $250,000 toward the Olympic College Library Campaign, one of the largest single donations in Kitsap County fund-raising history at that time. 

Find out more about the history of the Olympic College Libraries in our digital archives. 

Digital Archives