Library Resources

Library Resources

Seattle Public Library Online Resources for Student Research - Get access to encyclopedias, articles, newspapers and databases to help you with your student research projects, including:

  • AtoZ the World: Want to learn about another country? Get in-depth information about 175 countries, including history, culture, customs, food, religion, travel information, maps and much more.
  • Access Video - Stream documentaries, independent films and content from channels including PBS, BBC, History Channel and A&E, as well as educational videos, how-to and DIY. More movie and streaming options here.
  • Biography in Context - Get in-depth biographical information about the world’s most influential people from all time periods.
  • LGBTQ History & Culture - Explore LGBTQ history, culture, health, and political, social and legal issues in the United States and around the world. The searchable database includes approximately 1.5 million pages of information.
  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) - Learn a new skill at your own pace.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Perfect for debate prep or anyone interested in seeing both sides of social issues, this database offers insight and research into today’s hottest topics in science, social studies, current events and language arts.
  • Special Collections Online - Explore the library’s online special collections to learn about Seattle culture & local history.

Other Resources

Coding

  • Girls Who Code - Code at Home - Free computer science activities released weekly on Mondays. Each activity features a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.
  • Hour of Code - Themed coding tutorials for beginners and coders. Available in over 45 languages. 

College/Career Readiness

  • TEAM United - Students from top US universities will help advise you throughout the college admission process. Also access to college Entrance Exams support, such as SAT, ACT, AP and IB testing. 
  • Washington Student Achievement Council’s Otterbot - A free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education. Students can access Otterbot via text message 24/7 by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.

Free Online Tutoring

  • Virtual Tutoring - K – 12 students in Seattle can get free virtual tutoring from Tutor.com with a Library card or Library Link number. 

LGBTQ

  • It Gets Better EduGuides - The It Gets Better Project uplifts, empowers, and connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Check out EduGuides that include videos, films, books, essays written by LGBTQ youth and more.

Multiple School Subjects

  • Khan Academy - A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. 
  • Scholastic Learn at Home - Day by day projects to keep students reading, thinking and growing. 
  • Wide Open School - Free virtual learning resources by grade and subject.

Seattle Public Schools Resources

Video

  • PBS Learning Media - Free standards-aligned videos, interactives, and lesson plans for Pre-K-12.
  • Project Explorer - Free virtual field trip videos from around the world from grades 3-12.
  • More movie and streaming options here