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.
The Library has online resources:
- In English and many other languages to help you study for your citizenship test
- For learning and improving English
You can use these resources from your home or a Library computer but you may need a Library card and PIN to use some of these resources.
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.
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.
Adult Learning Activities
News Stories for English language learners. Improve basic English skills using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults.
Online language learning for over 30 world languages plus English as a Second Language instruction in 15 languages.
Adult Education online resources including links to practice tests, study materials, and other resources for Adult Basic Education, GED prep, and more.
Online Homework Help
Students get help with ESL homework through this online program. Help is also available for other subjects, such as math and science. 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. Disponible en español 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. siete días a la semana.
A free Web site that supports immigrants who want to learn or improve their English skills as they become part of American society. The Web site consists of three unique programs: 37 units of beginning and intermediate video-based courses, and 42 intermediate-level stories and activities.
We are New York
An Emmy Award-winning half-hour TV show. intended to help people learn English that will be useful to them. Each story will people speaking English in important and realistic situations, like going to the doctor or talking with a child's teacher. You will be asked to provide an email address to view these free videos.
King County Adult Literacy Consortium
A group of community and technical colleges, community based organizations, and libraries in King County that help adults gain the skills they need to support their families and earn livable wages.
Literacy Council of Seattle
Offers private tutoring for adults seeking to improve English or basic skills. LCS also offers classes at locations throughout Seattle.
Provides learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy, citizenship, and basic life skills. Literacy Source is based in Fremont but offers programs in southwest Seattle, Tukwila, and SeaTac.
St. James ESL Program
Provides free English instruction and citizenship assistance to low-income adult refugees and immigrants in Seattle and King County.