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December 22, 2014

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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.

Microsoft IT Academy

Learn technology skills online through the Microsoft IT Academy. This free program is available to all Washington State residents.


If you have a Library card at The Seattle Public Library, you can start right now. If you don't have a Library card, you can visit us in person for instructions or Ask the Washington State Library for help. 


You need a Microsoft account to use Microsoft IT Academy.

  • Create a Microsoft account if you do not already have one (you can use an existing email).
  • Go to your email to verify your account.


Note: If you are using a Library computer, you will need to have headphones.

Choose your learning plan and log in using your Microsoft account:


  • Basic Computer Skills 
    Learn computer basics, social networking and how to find information on the Web. Access to additional courses about digital literacy.
  • MS Office 2010 Suite
    Courses about the Office 2010 version of Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Word.
  • MS Office 2013 Essentials
    Courses about applications in the Office 2013 Suite. 
  • Other Microsoft Courses
    Courses for Microsoft programs such as Dynamics, Exchange Server, Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, Visual Studio Windows Client and Server, and much more. Enter a keyword in the search box or click on Browse to select from the available programs.


To resume your In-Progress Learning Plan:

Sign in to the Microsoft IT Academy.



Microsoft IT Academy is a partnership between Microsoft and the Washington State Library, and is funded in part through the Washington State Legislature.

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