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
Online language learning for over 20 world languages plus English (ESL) instruction in 15 languages.
Online language learning for children. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
An online video dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL). Searchable by word or phrase. Create word lists, flash cards, and quizzes.
Transparent Language Online
Online language learning with speech, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary for over 80 languages. Includes English as a Second Language.
The Washington state government Web site is available in Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese.
Online newspapers from around the world. Choose a country and view newspapers in any given language. Special language software not required.
American Red Cross
Interpretation services in person and by telephone twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
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.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Search language and subject dictionaries and reference books from Oxford University Press, including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and thesauruses.
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.
Information in 15 languages about Seattle's economic and business environment. From the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.
Seattle Public Schools
The Department of English Language Learners (ELL) & International Programs provides translation and interpretation to all families in Seattle Public Schools in the top eight languages (Amharic, Chinese, Oromo, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Vietnamese).
Official state television in China.
Chinese Information and Service Center
A nonprofit social services agency. Staff members speak Vietnamese, Malay, English and eight dialects of Chinese. Provides cultural orientation, job training, senior day care, English instruction, youth activities and other valuable services.
Hong Kong Government
Official Web page for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Information in English and Chinese.
Official Web page for the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Information in English and Chinese.
Chinese Web portal including, a search engine, news, and more. Requires Chinese language software.
Russian and East European Studies Virtual Library from the University of Pittsburgh.
Russian Magazine Hall
The Russian "Magazine Hall" provides direct access to many excellent Russian literary and art journals and related web sites.
Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian keyboards with spell check. This site translates text into several languages and includes 14 Russian language dictionaries and a Russian encyclopedia.
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.
Centro de Ayuda Solidaria a los Amigos (CASA) is a community-based organization located in Seattle, that empowers Latino immigrants through educational and employment opportunities.
Un sitio bilingue para familias y maestros para ayudar a los ninos a leer. Provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.
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.
Diccionarios de español y cuatro diccionarios bilingües. Spanish language dictionaries and 4 Spanish Bilingual Dictionaries.
Servicio a la comunidad LGBTQ latina del Estado de Washington. A service organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Latino community in Seattle.
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.
Latino Community Fund
La mision de LFC es mejorar el bienestar de los latinos en el estado de Washington, especialmente de los mas necesitados, mediante el apoyo a organizacion; mediante el apoyo a organizaciones locales.
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.
SEA MAR Clinica de la Comunidad
Una organizacion comunidad-basada confiada a proporcionar calidad servicios medicos y servicios humanos a las comunidades diversas, especializandose en servicio a Latinos. A Seattle community-based health organization specializing in service to Latinos.
Internet search engine en español.
The Seattle Public Library's links to local history resources.