Renton Technical College Library

Services and Information


Library Brochure (.PDF)

Address and Phone number



Microsoft IT Academy

Services to Students with Disabilities


The Darrell Anderson Culinary Archives

Library Cards

Library Publications


Mission Statement

Logging onto RTC databases over the Internet

Email Us

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The library is located on the second floor of the Technology Resource Center  (Building C).  The mailing address is:



Renton Technical College

3000 NE Fourth Street

Renton,  WA  98056


Phone number: (425)235-2331





Break hours (June 27 - July 6, 2014) are:


Monday - Friday         10AM-2PM

Saturday - Sunday      Closed



Summer Quarter hours (July 7 - August 12, 2014) are:


Monday - Thursday       7AM-7:30PM

Friday                         7AM-1:30PM

Saturday - Sunday        Closed



During Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, Library hours are:

Monday 7AM – 8PM
Tuesday 7AM – 8PM
Wednesday 7AM – 8PM
Thursday 7AM – 8PM
Friday 7AM – 4:30PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Between quarters, Library hours are:  Monday - Friday 10AM - 2PM.

The Library is closed all school holidays.  Check the calendar to see dates the library is closed.



The library offers the following services and resources:

  • Reference assistance in the Library

  • Reference assistance off-campus through email or chat, using Ask WA

  • Library orientations

  • Library Workshops

  • Internet access and office software access

  • Reserves

  • Online databases

  • LibGuides - research guides to useful websites, books, and program information.

  • Interlibrary loan

  • Microsoft IT Academy. Email us for more information at

  • Group study rooms

  • Photocopier

  • Reciprocal borrowing agreement with other Technical and Community colleges

  • Lots of study space


Renton Technical College Library makes every reasonable effort to provide  all students, including those with disabilities, with access to its collections and service.  Click here for more information on services for students with disabilities.



The library's collection includes:

  • Over 75,000 paper and electronic books, covering all areas of the curriculum

  • Thousands of electronic and paper journals and magazines

  • Over 2,000 videos, audiotapes, and CD-ROMs

  • The Darrell Anderson Culinary Archives

Loan Periods

  • Most books - 2 weeks

  • Videos and audiotapes - 1 week

  • Magazines - 1 week

  • Reserves - 3 days

  • At-desk reserves - varies

  • Reference materials - in library use only

A current RTC Library card is required for materials check-out.  Items may be renewed several times if no one has registered a request for them. Renewing items (video).


For information on searching the catalog, click here: Catalog search. (Works best in IE. You must have Flash activated on your browser to view this video.)



Library Cards

Any current RTC student, faculty, or staff member may get a Library card after completing a short registration form.  You will be financially responsible for all items checked out on your card.  Please let the library staff know if you have lost your card or changed your address or phone number.




Eric Palo, Library Director

Jayne Ahrens, Library Specialist

Yueh-Lin Chen, Library Specialist

Debbie Crumb, Librarian

Laura Staley, Media Librarian

Jinny Wesson, Library Coordinator

Kathy Wentworth,  Library Specialist


Mission Statement

The Library Resource Center [LRC] supports the mission and goals of Renton Technical College [RTC]. To meet the needs of the college community, the LRC provides collections, services, and facilities to support our educational programs and to support professional teacher development.  The LRC also provides orientation and instruction in effective utilization of information resources whether they are housed in the LRC or at other locations. 


To find out what's new at RTC Library, check out our blog at



Logging onto RTC databases over the Internet

  • Click on this link or point your browser to:

  • Select the database you wish to search.

  • You will be asked for your Renton Technical College Identification number.  This is the number you use when registering for classes.  It often begins with 8.

  • You will also be asked for  your last name. The form is not case-sensitive - you can type in 'Smith' or 'smith'.

If  you have questions or problems logging in or using the databases, please contact the Library at 425 235-2331.


Art in the Technology Resource Center

The Library and TRC building house several art works.  Click here to see pictures and brief descriptions.

Last updated: 5/24/2013