New ProQuest Historical Newspapers

July 27, 2023 by Cheryl | 0 comments

Collage of partial screenshots of 3 ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

As the old saying goes, history tends to repeat itself. Maybe as a farce. Or perhaps only if you failed to learn from it the first time.

In any case, we now have additional resources to help us unravel this mystery! Through a UH system-wide license, the Leeward CC community has gained access to 3 historical newspaper archives from ProQuest: The Wall Street Journal (1889-2011), Los Angeles Times (1881-2014), and The New York Times (1851-2019).

To get started, visit our A-Z Databases page and find your newspaper in the alphabetical list, or search for it in our Primo library catalog. If you are off campus, you may be prompted to enter your UH username and password before being granted access. Once you are in the database, it is easy to search the full text, or browse by issue date. You may view and download articles or full pages in PDF format.

Our coverage of the Los Angeles Times goes all the way back to the very first issue in 1881. Here’s an interesting article from January 17, 1960 about the impact of a writers’ guild strike on the television and film industries:

Writers Guild Strike Spreads to Film Studios

The New York Times archive dates back to antebellum times, so you’re sure to strike a goldmine of history. This article from February 23, 1947 details Hawaiʻi’s reopening to tourism after the trauma of World War II:

A Welcome to Hawaii: Vacationers Return to the Crowded Islands

The Wall Street Journal has been an important source for business and financial news for over 130 years. Our coverage goes back to the beginning, but you can also find more recent articles, such as this February 9, 2001 story about Barbie’s big break:

Barbie Learns Ballet and Launches a Movie Career

Wait a second . . . an impactful writers’ strike? Hawaiʻi’s reopening to tourism, following a major worldwide crisis? A Barbie movie? Maybe it IS true that history repeats itself!

If history isn’t your thing, don’t forget that we also have recent newspaper coverage (including stories from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser) through ProQuest US West Newsstream. In addition, all current Leeward faculty, staff and students are welcome to sign up for a free New York Times group pass. Once registered, you will have access to news, Cooking, and Wirecutter product reviews on for one year (renewable).

Past or present, weʻve got you covered!

Learning Commons Services on Wednesday, August 2, 2023

July 27, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Academic Services Retreat/Learning Commons Staff Development
Services will not be available Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Learning Commons staff will be engaged in staff development activities.

Sama Sama will be available, so come on in for your boba fix!

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Image by tiszaferahma via Pixabay

The Big Library Read: A Very Typical Family

July 13, 2023 by Cheryl | 0 comments

Screenshot of cover art for A Very Typical Family.

The Big Library Read, hosted by OverDrive, comes but thrice a year. If you’ve been wanting to join in on the fun, you’re in luck! The summer Big Library Read is happening NOW, July 13-27, 2023.

Billed as “the first global ebook club,” the Big Library Read offers one title, free of charge, to OverDrive users around the world. This summer’s selection is A Very Typical Family by Sierra Godfrey.

About the book

Cover photo of A Very Typical Family.

Natalie Walker is the reason her older brother and sister went to prison over 15 years ago. She fled California shortly after that fateful night and hasn’t spoken to anyone in her family since. Now, on the same day her boyfriend steals her dream job out from under her, Natalie receives a letter from a lawyer saying her estranged mother has died and left the family’s historic Santa Cruz house to her. Sort of. The only way for Natalie and her siblings to inherit is for all three adult children to come back and claim it—together.

Written with delightfully dark humor and characters you can’t help but cheer for, A Very Typical Family is an uplifting family drama that will have you reveling in the power of second chances.

Accessing the book on OverDrive

Ready to read? Just click on these direct links to access A Very Typical Family on OverDrive:

If this is your first time using OverDrive, you’re in for a treat! More than 500 ebooks and 4,700 magazines are available for your reading pleasure. We also have a small (but growing) selection of audiobooks–perfect for making those long commutes a little more bearable.

OverDrive screenshot.

For reading on the go, be sure to check out OverDrive’s mobile app, Libby. Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines, then read/listen to them right from the app. You may also manage your loans, even across different OverDrive library collections (such as the Hawaii State Public Library System’s). Click on the graphic below for a video introduction to Libby.

Libby promotional graphic.

A discussion board for A Very Typical Family is available, but beware of spoilers! Happy reading!

Summer 2023 Hours: May 15 – Aug 11

May 8, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

Interim Week: May 15-19
Learning Commons & Library CLOSED

The Learning Commons & Library will be closed during Interim Week.

  • Staff will be available by phone & email, 8am – 4pm
  • Students will be able to return their semester loan items at the door

Thursday, May 18th: Staff will be attending the Academic Services retreat and will not be available. 

Summer 2023: May 22 – August 11
Learning Commons & Library Hours
Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Hours subject to change

If you have any questions, please contact us at x210 or Mahalo!



RFID’ing in the Library: May 2023 UPDATE

May 2, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

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39,835 books have been RFID tagged as of Monday, May 1st. Our main collections will be completed this week!

The Library is implementing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) theft detection system for materials. In September, library staff and librarians began the conversion process, which involves pulling books off the shelves and affixing RFID tags to each book. Each RFID tag is encoded with a book’s barcode number, format type, and the library’s unique OCLC code. Tagged books are then returned to the shelf. With over 45,000 individual books in our collection, we estimate that the conversion process will be completed in the late spring or summer of 2023. For more information about this project, please read our RFID Conversion Project blog post.

National Library Week: 4/23 – 4/29

April 21, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

National Library Week at Leeward CC Library 2023

National Library Week 2023: There’s More to the Story


April 23-29: Right to Read Display

Celebrate National Library Week with Leeward CC Library!

This year, National Library Week kicks off with Right to Read Day on Monday, April 24th. Libraries across the country saw record numbers of book challenges in 2022; most of these attempts to ban books occurred at school or public libraries. Librarians believe in an individual’s right to choose what they read, and we invite you to learn why the freedom to read is important from our American Library Association (ALA) President, Lessa Kanani‘opua Pelayo-Lozada.

Fun trivia: Lessa Kanani‘opua Pelayo-Lozada is the first ALA president of Hawaiian ancestry, and Leeward Library hosted her in November 2022 for the Hawai‘i Library Conference. 

We also encourage you to see There’s More to the Story at Leeward Library. In addition to books, you can borrow laptops, iPads, and charging devices. You can also talk with a librarian to get help with research, finding resources, or citing sources.


April 24 – May 12: Annual Library User Survey

2023 Annual Library Survey link:
Let us know what we’re doing well and what we could improve upon. Please fill out our survey at Survey begins Monday, April 24th, and will end Friday, May 12th.


April 26: Student Focus Group
Kapunawai Room, Learning Commons & Library

Link to LibCal event page for the Focus Group on Wednesday, April 26, 12pm

We’re interested in hearing our students’ thoughts & opinions about the library. Pizza, snacks, and beverages will provided by Leeward CC’s Student Government. If you know of any student who would be interested in joining our discussion, please have them contact An Hollowell at

Semester Loan Hotspots & Laptops UNAVAILABLE

February 7, 2023 by Leeward CC Learning Commons | 0 comments

All of our semester loan hotspots and laptops have been checked out until the end of the spring semester. Students have the option to use our desktop computers in the Learning Commons, main level, and the Library, upper level, or borrow 4-hour loan laptops from our new laptop kiosk. 4-hour loan laptops are for on-campus use, only. 

How to check out a 4-hour loan laptop:

  1. With a mobile device, open the camera app and scan the QR code on the kiosk
  2. Log in with UH username
  3. Get a passcode
  4. Enter the passcode on the kiosk

If students do not have a mobile device to scan the QR code, the circulation staff will assist. 

4-hour Loan Laptop Kiosk

Please contact us at 808-455-0210 or if you have any questions.

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