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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AtoZ the World
Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.
Search or browse Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations, and Respectfully Quoted.
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.
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.
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.
English dictionary, thesaurus, and Spanish/English dictionary. Includes audio link to pronunciation.
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Search language and subject dictionaries and reference books from Oxford University Press, including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and thesauruses.
Compiled by The Seattle Public Library staff. A collection of answers to frequently asked questions, with an emphasis on local and government information, useful facts such as federal holidays and wedding anniversary gifts, and information about the Library itself.
An online video dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL). Searchable by word or phrase. Create word lists, flash cards, and quizzes.