As you plan for your children’s return to school, The Seattle Public Library is here for you, offering programs and services to help students of all ages succeed. Starting the week of Sept. 12, the Library’s free afterschool tutoring service, Homework Help (, is returning to the Columbia, Douglass-Truth, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly and Rainier Beach branches after a 2.5-year hiatus because of the pandemic.

“We are excited to once again see students working with our wonderful volunteer tutors, doing homework, learning and playing academic games together,” said Wendy Israel, K-5 Student Success Manager at the Library. The Library chose these six locations, all of which offered Homework Help previously, because they serve more students and families from historically under-served communities than other locations. “We hope to increase hours and locations in other neighborhoods later in the school year,” said Israel.

The Library will also continue to offer virtual one-on-one tutoring through seven days a week, as well as many other learning resources. 


At Homework Help, students in kindergarten through grade 12 can get help with their homework and academic coaching, as well as read and play learning enrichment games with trained tutors.

Starting the week of Sept. 12, Homework Help will be offered during the following hours at the following locations:

  • Columbia Branch: Tuesdays, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908
  • Douglass-Truth Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704
  • High Point Branch: Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454
  • Lake City Branch: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518.
  • NewHolly Branch: Tuesdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905
  • Rainier Beach Branch: Mondays, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 9125 Rainier Ave S., 206-386-1906


COVID safety protocols at Homework Help

Homework Help volunteers are required to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. All students and volunteers will be limited to a number that is safe for each location. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Sanitation stations with free masks and hand sanitizer are available at each Library location.


Students can also continue to access free one-on-one tutoring through the Library’s service. Virtual tutoring is offered at all grade levels and in three languages – English, Spanish and Vietnamese – seven days a week. Live English and Spanish tutors are available from 2 to 10 p.m. daily. Vietnamese tutors are available from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Students can connect at to get instant access to expert tutors in a safe and secure online classroom. Tutors can offer academic help with any subject, college essays, test preparation and more. Students can also take practice quizzes, submit writing for review at the Drop-Off Writing Review service and access video lessons available 24/7.

Students in Seattle can sign in to with a Library card or Library Link number and PIN. Find more about the schedule and information at

If you need help with or other Library resources, call 206-386-4636. If you need an interpreter, just ask. You can also email or chat with a Library staff member at



The Library offers dozens of other resources and services for students, including our vast collection of digital and physical books and audiobooks, book recommendations, digital magazines, research databases and more. Find resources by grade level at and


The Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.

Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information.