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Release Date: 06/04/2015

Digital Resources for Students at The Seattle Public Library

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The Seattle Public Library offers free access to technology, learning resources and digital goodies that students can use this summer to discover new talents and brush up on things they've already learned. And, since vacation means kicking back and relaxing, the Library has free movies, magazines and music available, too. All of the following resources are available to anyone with a free Library card.



  • Adobe Creative Cloud - The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Audition, Acrobat, and more, is available on all public workstations at all Library locations.


  • Microsoft Office 2013 - The suite of applications includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint and is also available on all public workstations at all Library locations.



  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
    Lynda.com - Anyone with a Library card has free access to technology instruction videos at www.spl.org/lynda, which includes full courses as well as tutorials on specific topics like "Logo Design Techniques," "Product Photography for Jewelry," "Working with Camera RAW Files," and "Creating Aircraft Profiles Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop." Lynda.com can be accessed on a personal computer, or on a public workstation at the Library.

    Language Learning -
    Choose from over 80 languages at www.spl.org/library-collection/articles-and-research/languages.

    Microsoft IT Academy - For hundreds of online courses on how to use Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Office 2013, visit www.spl.org/itacademy.
  • Résumé Help - Brainfuse offers Live Résumé Help and will edit and return a résumé within 24 hours.


  • Safari Book Collection - Visit www.spl.org/safari to find thousands of instructional e-books on a variety of technical subjects for both beginners and experts, including topics like "Adventures in Minecraft" and how to create your own Android app.


  • Photoshop books - The Library has over 100 instructional titles for Adobe Photoshop at www.spl.org/photoshop.


  • Freegal - Download up to five songs each week at www.spl.org/freegal. The music files from Freegal are DRM-free, do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices.


  • Hoopla - Choose from instantly accessible movies, TV shows and music albums at www.spl.org/hoopla, which allows users to stream up to 20 items a month. Apps are available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.


  • Zinio - Digital magazines from www.spl.org/zinio can be read on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Fire HD. Content on Zinio is always available - no waitlists or holds necessary - and there is no limit on number of downloads.


Learn more about the Library's public computers at www.spl.org/computers. Library patrons can use their Library card to reserve a computer for up to 90 minutes a day at www.spl.org/reserveacomputer. The Library also loans out Wi-Fi Hotspots that can connect up to 15 devices to the Internet.


A Library card is free for anyone who lives, works, owns property or goes to school in the The Seattle Public Library's free service area. Cardholders from several library systems in Washington may also qualify. Students ages 13 or older with valid photo I.D. can apply online for a Library card, or visit a Library branch to sign up.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.



For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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