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
Biography in Context
Information about people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in A. D. 1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.
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.
An online reference guide to African American history including the Black West and global African history.
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.
The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
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.
History on the Web
The University of Washington's collection of links to history Web sites for all regions of the world.
History Study Center
History references, full-text journals, primary sources, pictures, maps, and videos.
City of Seattle Maps
Includes various community maps, property maps, zoning maps, GIS maps, and park maps.
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.
King County GIS Center
Online property maps and static maps on various topics, as well as information of ordering custom GIS maps.