Library closed Dec. 24 and 25
All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.
Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1
Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.
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Article & Database Help
An extensive database of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and children, offering enhanced subject access and full-text reviews, Author Read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, and Feature Articles for a wide range of reading interests.
Compiled by librarians at the Seattle Public Library
Britannica Online Reference Center
Find authoritative articles on a broad range of subjects. For high school students and adults. Includes the complete encyclopedia, world atlas and data, timelines, dictionaries, quotations, Britannica Kids encyclopedia and more.
Search for in-depth articles within a broad range of subjects. For general use by a wide range of researchers from high school to university levels. Available in a text-only format that is 100 percent ADA-compliant.
Grolier Online Passport
Explore the Encyclopedia Americana, the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, Lands and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science, and America the Beautiful.
Science in Context
Science information from reference books, magazines and newspapers. Includes experiments, biographies, illustrations and more.
Go Ask Alice!
A health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University's Health Promotion Program.
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Hundreds of health and medical journals, and many books including the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, the Alternative Health Encyclopedia and the Medical & Health Information Directory.
High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition.
Sexuality and health education and support for teens.
Information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up. For teens and caregivers. In English and en español.
Audio and sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
The Associated Press's history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.
AtoZ the World
Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.
Biography in Context
Information about people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
History Study Center
History references, full-text journals, primary sources, pictures, maps, and videos.
The online encyclopedia of Washington state history.
100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Citation & Writing Guides
A collection of citation, grammar and style guides maintained by the University of Washington Libraries.
Online Homework Help for K-12 Students
Use your library card to get free online homework help from expert tutors in math, science, English and social studies. Available in English seven days a week from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tutors are not available on holidays but you still have access to online resources and tests. Online Homework Help disponible en español 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. siete días a la semana.
Teens Homework Help
Information about The Seattle Public Library's drop-in Homework Help Centers and other resources.
A national service program open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 17 and older. Members serve full or part time over a 10- to 12-month period. AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans.
Washington State government website with education programs, career quiz, and labor market data.
Find part time, hourly, and seasonal jobs in the U.S. and Canada.
The Vera Project
The Vera Project is a music and arts center run by and for youth. Click on "Volunteer" to learn how you can become involved as a volunteer.
WOIS/The Career Information System
Washington state information on current salaries, educational programs, schools and training requirements for various occupations. Includes tools to help you choose a career. Remote access is available - call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 for login information.
Youth at Work
An initiative of the Workforce Development Council Youth Programs of Seattle - King County that sees to create summer jobs for youth.
A one-stop source for magazine articles on a wide range of topics.
Magazine and newspaper databases in all subject areas.
Online learning with test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. Learn software, skills for carrer advancement, and more.
WashBoard.org: Washington Scholarship Coalition
The Washington Scholarship Coalition (WSC) is a public/private partnership that includes nonprofit organizations, private foundations and state agencies committed to increasing access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students.
Located on Capitol Hill, Lambert House is a center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth and their allies that encourages empowerment through the development of leadership, social and life skills.
If you're a teen and want to talk with another teen anonymously and confidentially about whatever is on your mind, call or email the Crisis Clinic's Teen Link.