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.
Scholarly database for research in all the academic disciplines.
Online videos from PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, and more. Thousands of streaming documentary, performance, how-to and educational videos.
Factory-correct automotive diagnostic and repair information on domestic and foreign cars and trucks from 1982 to the present. Includes diagnostic flowcharts, maintenance schedules, technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams and parts and labor for estimates.
America the Beautiful
Find information on the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories. Learn official state names and their capitals, state symbols such as flags and mottoes, and interesting facts such as Tallest Buildings and Longest Tunnels.
Search national historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, genealogies, obituaries and the complete American State Papers.
Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogical information and records including the U.S. and Canadian Census, the Washington State Death Index 1940-1996 and the Social Security Death Index.
The Associated Press's history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.
Art Full-text & Art Retrospective
Two databases that provide art-related articles from hundreds of periodicals published throughout the world, from 1929-current. Full-text available from 1984 -current.
AtoZ the World
Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.
Aula de padres
Su amplia base de datos incorpora contenidos sobre el cuidado y la salud de los hijos. Spanish language parenting and child-care information.
Biography in Context
Information about people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Birds of North America Online
Find information for over 700 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. Includes image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs, and nestlings, as well as recordings of bird songs and calls.
Video picture books paired with related nonfiction books for preschool and elementary age children. Includes some books in Spanish.
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.
Business Insights: Global
Information about companies and industries including financial data, industry rankings, statistics, and magazine articles.
Create a resume using an easy, step-by-step resume wizard. Explore occupational interests and match them with career paths.
Do-it-yourself mechanics have access to photographs, diagnostics and step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and technical service bulletins for automobiles and light trucks, some dating as far back as 1929.
Consulta es una base de datos en español. Busca artículos de revistas, títulos de referencia, mapas y más. Consulta is a one-stop information source in Spanish. Find magazine articles, reference material, maps and more.
Make better purchasing decisions using product reviews, ratings, news and comparisons from Consumer Reports magazine.
Independent testing and evaluation of vitamins, supplements, and nutritional products.
Evaluations and ratings of the quality and prices of Puget Sound service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, hospitals, plumbers, banks, and insurance companies.
Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
Statistical information for business research, new businesses, marketing, and sales. Locate businesses, analyze markets, target customers and more.
Diccionarios de español y cuatro diccionarios bilingües. Spanish language dictionaries and 4 Spanish Bilingual Dictionaries.
Dictionary of American Regional English
The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) focuses on words, phrases and pronuciations that vary from one part of the U.S. to another. The DARE explores the local character and diversity of English across America.
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
Historic detailed maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5) is used to diagnose and classify mental disorders.
100% full-text magazine and newspaper articles, books, photographs and maps.
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.
Foundation Directory Online
Interactive and searchable database for grant seekers and fundraisers from the Foundation Center covering 100,000 grantmakers. Both the Foundation Directory Online and the Fundraising Resource Center print collection are available only at the Central Library. For more information call 386-4636.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Interactive and searchable database for individual grant seekers such as artists, students, writers, and researchers from the Foundation Center. Both the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and the Fundraising Resource Center print collection are available only at the Central Library. For more information call 386-4636.
MP3 music files for download. Millions of songs in hundreds of genres. Download up to 5 songs per week.
A one-stop source for magazine articles on a wide range of topics.
A searchable database of private foundations and religious funders that are currently accepting grant proposals. Additional information includes articles and tips for the grant seeker, links to state funding, and deadlines for federal grants. Available for IN-LIBRARY use only.
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Find information for school reports and answer questions to satisfy your curiosity. A fun and easy to use general purpose encyclopedia for middle school students.
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.
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.
Genealogy books and serials, primarily from the early 1900's and the complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930. Digitized images are fully searchable and printable.
History Study Center
History references, full-text journals, primary sources, pictures, maps, and videos.
Una coleccion de revistas hispanicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnologia, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias. Full-text articles from popular Spanish-language magazines.
Lands and Peoples
Find information on the world's countries and their peoples, cultures, histories and current events. Includes maps, flags and photos.
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.
Articles in law reviews and journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers.
Live Citizenship Help
Get free help preparing for the English and history citizenship tests seven days a week from 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Live help is not available on holidays but you still have access to online resources and tests. You must have a Library card and PIN to use this resource.
Live Resume Help
Get one-on-one help with your resume, tips on starting a job search, and more! Tutors are available every day, except holidays, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Select "Write a Winning Resume" to get started.
Learn software and computer skills through instructional videos. The entire lynda.com library, more than 1,900 courses, covering animation, audio, video, business, design, photography, programming, and more.
Online language learning for over 20 world languages plus English (ESL) instruction in 15 languages.
Medicina y salud
Medicina y Salud dispone de una amplia base de datos con más de 25,000 artículos y 53,000 gráficos e ilustraciones de medicina, enfermería y salud en español. Spanish language health and medical information.
Microsoft IT Academy
Learn technology skills online through the Microsoft IT Academy. Courses range from basic digital literacy to advanced IT skills. This free program is available to all Washington State residents.
A subject-author guide to music periodical literature.
Online language learning for children. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
A ProQuest database that includes Christian Science Monitor 1988 - current; Los Angeles Times from 1985 - current; New York Times 1980 - current; Wall Street Journal Eastern Edition 1984 - current; and Washington Post 1987 - current.
High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition.
New Book of Knowledge
Find information for school reports and answer questions to satisfy your curiosity. A fun and easy to use general purpose encyclopedia for elementary school students.
New Book of Popular Science
This science encyclopedia includes science projects, articles on science, technology and medical topics, science-inspired games, puzzles and brainteasers, and a science fact finder with measurement conversions, and science tables and charts.
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.
Online Homework Help for College Students
Use your Library card to get free online homework help in English and Spanish from expert tutors in math, science, English and social studies 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 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.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Search language and subject dictionaries and reference books from Oxford University Press, including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and thesauruses.
An interactive mapping tool of national and international philanthropy designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, and academics from the Foundation Center. Both Philanthropy In/Sight and the Fundraising Resource Center print collection are available only at the Central Library. For more information call 386-4636.
Find citations to 31,000 plays published individually or in collections from 1949 to the present.
Over 1,700 U.S. and international newspapers in 48 languages. Newspapers are available in full-color, full-page format with a 60-day archive.
Magazine and newspaper databases in all subject areas.
Search for U.S. and Canadian businesses and U.S. residents. Over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses and over 267 million U.S. individuals. Download up to 250 records at a time.
Safari Books Online
Improve your computer and business skills. Access more than 2,000 digital books on computing, databases, programming, Web design and more.
Science in Context
Science information from reference books, magazines and newspapers. Includes experiments, biographies, illustrations and more.
An online video dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL). Searchable by word or phrase. Create word lists, flash cards, and quizzes.
Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
Industry Surveys, Daily Price Record, Stock Reports, Mutual Fund Reports, Bond Reports, Corporation Records, Company Profiles, The Outlook, Register of Corporations and Security Dealers of North America. Please note that the Industry Surveys content is available from Library computers only.
Transparent Language Online
Online language learning with speech, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary for over 80 languages. Includes English as a Second Language.
Read travel books online or download sections. Always available, no due dates. Includes titles from "Rough Guides" and "Eyewitness Guides."
Animated, talking picture books for preschool and elementary age children. Includes some books in French and Spanish.
Over 500 continuing education (non-credit) courses online. Lessons available 24/7. Communicate with real instructors via e-mail.
Investment ratings, research, statistics, and forecasts for thousands of stocks and mutual funds.
Washington State Newsstand
Articles from Washington State newspapers including the Spokesman Review (Spokane), Wenatchee World, Herald (Everett), and Columbian (Vancouver, WA).
Newspapers from the Western U.S. including Everett, Wenatchee, and Yakima.
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.
Read popular magazines on your tablet, mobile device or computer. Over 150 magazines.