Library Closed Monday, May 29
All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29
The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), 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
Biography in Context
Information about people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in A. D. 1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.
Audio and sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
AtoZ the World
Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.
An online reference guide to African American history including the Black West and global African history.
Britannica Online Reference Center
Find authoritative articles on a broad range of subjects. For high school students and adults. Includes the complete encyclopedia, world atlas and data, timelines, dictionaries, quotations, Britannica Kids encyclopedia and more.
The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
The University of Washington's selection of books (electronic and print), articles and blogposts that provide overviews to the major issues related to digital history & digital humanities.
History Study Center
History references, full-text journals, primary sources, pictures, maps, and videos.
LGBTQ History & Culture
A collection of primary sources covering local, national, and international LGBTQ history since 1940. 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.
City of Seattle Maps
Includes various community maps, property maps, zoning maps, GIS maps, and park maps.
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
Detailed historic maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.
King County GIS Center
Online property maps and static maps on various topics, as well as information of ordering custom GIS maps.