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ChiltonLibrary.com Library Card Required.

Provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site. Found In:



CultureGrams Library Card Required.

(Grades 3 and up) Learn about the culture and customs of 200+ countries of the World, the 50 United States, and the Canadian Provinces. Includes photos, videos and more.

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Gale Courses – Online Instruction Center Library Card Required.

Non-Credit Online Courses & Lifelong Learning.  *Please note this resource is no longer available as of January 2017.  If you are currently enrolled in a course that continues into 2017, you will be able to complete that course.  However, no new registrations will be accepted in 2017.* Found In:



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HelpNow! Library Card Required.

(Grades 3-12) Live Homework Help, Skills Building and Writing Workshops.  Tutoring services are available everyday from 3 PM to 10 PM. Found In:



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Image Archives

A collection of over 50,000 digitized historical images (1870s-1980s) of Tacoma and surrounding areas, scanned from the Tacoma Public Library’s photography collections. Detailed captions accompany photos that vividly depict people, events, places, and snapshots of everyday life. Found In:

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JobNow! Library Card Required.

Personal job coaching, resume and cover letter review services, live interview practice plus other resources to help you in your job search. Found In:

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Lynda.com Mobile Apps Streaming & Downloadable Media New! Library Card Required.

Learn software and technology skills through Lynda.com's video library of engaging, top-quality courses. Note for App users:  After installing the app, click "Sign In" then click the "Sign in with your organization" link.  Next, type Tacoma Library's URL "tacomalibrary.org" . This will take you to the library portal page where you can sign in using your Library Card and PIN. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store Get App in Amazon Store Found In:

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Microsoft Imagine Academy

Tacoma Public Library, in partnership with Microsoft Corporation and the Washington State Library, is proud to provide residents with free access to Microsoft Imagine Academy, formerly known as Microsoft IT Academy. Microsoft Imagine Academy will help you expand how you use technology. Develop your computer skills, become proficient in Microsoft software, learn about web development, and more. You can access e-learning courses 24/7 from any computer with Internet access. Found In:




Murray’s People

A collection of essays about the facinating people who explored, settled and developed Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The stories were selected by librarian Gary Fuller Reese from more than 30 years of newspaper & magazine articles, books, radio broadcasts and other writings by the distinguished historian, author and educator Murray Morgan. Found In:

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Northwest Postcard Collection

A digital collection of postcards depicting scenes and slices of life from Tacoma and the Northwest. All original content has been transcribed, and both sides of the cards digitized. Browse by topic or search by keyword. Found In:



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PebbleGo New!

(PreK - 2)  PebbleGo is a database for reading and research and includes built-in tools for emerging readers in pre-K to grade 2. PebbleGo offers key reading support such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. PebbleGo's six modules are: Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies, Dinosaurs and Animales (Spanish) which include leveled text, educational games, and multimedia. Found In:


PebbleGo Next New! Library Card Required.

(Grades 3-6) PebbleGo Next is a database is geared toward young researchers in grades 3-6. It consists of three modules:  States, Science, and American Indians and includes information-rich articles paired with videos, maps, timelines, and even recipes. Found In:



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Ships & Shipping

A guide to more than 13000 ships which passed through the Port of Tacoma, with details on the names (and former names) of vessels, their builders, careers, and history. Found In:



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Tacoma Library App Mobile Apps New!

Carry the library in your pocket! The Tacoma Public Library's free mobile app makes it easy to find and discover titles, place holds, renew items, rate titles, create lists and get information about our branches. Get App in Apple Store Get App in Play Store






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Washington State Fair Collection

This collection of photos covers the entire span of time since the Puyallup Fair’s inception in 1900. While over a century has passed, the solid foundation developed by the Fair’s forefathers remains steadfast. Animals and agriculture are cornerstones of our history -- and our future. Today, the Puyallup Fair features those age-old favorites, plus new trends and activities. Found In:


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