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Chilton Library Library Card Required.

Car repair info you can get at home!  Chilton's provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics, 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.

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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.





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.

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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.

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Lynda.com eBooks & Downloads Mobile Apps 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tacoma Library App Mobile Apps

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.

Thomas Handforth Collection New!

The Thomas Schofield Handforth Collection comprises the art output of Thomas S. Handforth and related items in the collections of the Tacoma Public Library. The Tacoma Public Library received the Handforth collection in a number of increments from the Handforth family and a number of his friends and associates along with a small collection from Caroline Schneider of Seattle in 1982.

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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.

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