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Search more than 15 years of Washington state history with the The Olympian Collection. Coverage from 2001 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full color image edition (8/9/18-current).

Read thousands of digital magazine titles and single topic issues.  Mobile access will be through the Libby app, either downloaded to your device or used in a web browser. (The rbdigital platform was retired on March 31, 2021).

eBooks, audiobooks, and video for your computer or mobile device. See the Stream & Download page for more set-up details. (OverDrive Tutorial)

Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.

ProCitizen (via the Pronunciator language learning site) will help you prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test. Through a series of 100 informative videos, plus practice exercises and quizzes, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully pass the Naturalization Test.

Personalized courses in any of 160+ languages, instruction in 130+ home languages, ESL courses, an American Sign Language course, and a Mexican Sign Language video course. The Pronunciator app is written in responsive HTML5, and can be used in any browser, even the browser in your mobile device. (Pronunciator Tutorial)

Reference Solutions by Data Axle (formerly Reference USA) is a premiere source of business and residential information to locate people & businesses, conduct consumer research, create marketing plans, and search for jobs. You can download up to 250 records at a time.  Includes: U.S. Buisinesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Intership Postings, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, Canadian Businesses, and Canadian White Pages.

Support homework and research assignments with age-appropriate, vetted sources. Explore topics, trends and current events that align with curricular areas such English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more.

Ancestry.com site designed to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers. Includes cities and towns in Washington State.

Printable activities for math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and more. Download and print worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, puzzles, clip art, and skills sheets for grades pre-k to 8.

Access text of The Seattle Times from 1985-current, and the image version from 2018-current.

Small businesses, common business types, and creating business plans.

Step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for small engines.

Animated, talking picture books; puzzles and games; videos. For library and home use only. Not allowed from school sites.

Universal Class online learning courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge. There are over 500 courses that you can take at any time without waiting for sessions to start or end. Once enrolled in a course, watch engaging videos, complete assignments, and receive feedback from instructors. For many courses a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificate is offered at successful completion. Some courses are also available for video-only auditing. (Universal Class Tutorial)

Free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

Full-text coverage of 10 major national newspapers from the 1980's to the present.

Weekly newspaper serving east Grays Harbor County 8/23/2007 to the present.

Access point for the Washington State Newspaper collection from NewsBank content. Includes local TRL area papers, The Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, and many other sources.

Search Washington libraries and beyond. 

Use WOIS/The Career Information System to take a career interest survey, learn about careers, explore educational programs (in WA and beyond), discover schools and colleges, and find training programs.

This collection of ebooks from the Washington State Library can be accessed by anyone in any community across our state! Powered by geolocation, these books are available for simultaneous use for readers of all ages, with no username or password required. Kids and Teen Comics collections, Young Adult (YA) collections of Fantasy & Sci-Fi and Mystery & Action, Adult Fiction, and Adult Nonfiction.

Books & Literature

eBooks on travel, American history, culture, health, nations, states, law, and more. (Tutorial)

Fiction and nonfiction titles specifically for grades K-8 with learning materials for readers and teachers. (Novelist Tutorial)

Readers' advisor covering fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. Includes book club discussion guides. (Novelist Tutorial)

eBooks, audiobooks, and video for your computer or mobile device. See the Stream & Download page for more set-up details. (OverDrive Tutorial)

Animated, talking picture books; puzzles and games; videos. For library and home use only. Not allowed from school sites.

Search Washington libraries and beyond. 

This collection of ebooks from the Washington State Library can be accessed by anyone in any community across our state! Powered by geolocation, these books are available for simultaneous use for readers of all ages, with no username or password required. Kids and Teen Comics collections, Young Adult (YA) collections of Fantasy & Sci-Fi and Mystery & Action, Adult Fiction, and Adult Nonfiction.

Business, Legal & Grant Seekers

Business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.

NEW  Compare global economies, countries, and industries with in-depth analysis on over 400,000 companies.

NEW  Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more.

Searchable ebook directories: "National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations" and the "Encylopedia of Associations"

Washington State legal forms including real estate contracts, wills, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant & many others. (Gale Legal Forms Tutorial)

Grants from governments, commercial organizations, associations, & private foundations.

Full text of consumer legal reference books and legal forms.

Reference Solutions by Data Axle (formerly Reference USA) is a premiere source of business and residential information to locate people & businesses, conduct consumer research, create marketing plans, and search for jobs. You can download up to 250 records at a time.  Includes: U.S. Buisinesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Intership Postings, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, Canadian Businesses, and Canadian White Pages.

Small businesses, common business types, and creating business plans.

Auto Repair, Hobbies & DIY

Step-by-step instructions, pictures, and diagrams to help with vehicle maintenance and repair. (Chilton Tutorial)

Consumer Reports magazine website with buying guides, professional reviews, and user ratings.(Consumer Reports Tutorial).

Creativebug offers thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.  **First time users: Follow the link on the library's website to verify that you are a TRL patron, then create an account at Creativebug with an email and password.  Apps are available via iTunes and Google Play.  Download your preferred app, then login with the email and password you created at the Creativebug website. (

Arts & crafts, collecting, games & electronics, models, needlework, scrapbooking & papercraft.

DIY help for outdoors, electrical projects, remodeling, plumbing, woodworking & decorating.

Step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for small engines.

Genealogy, History & Culture

These reliable, easily discoverable open source materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Access point for all the NewsBank content - local papers (Chinook Observer, The Chronicle, Daily World, Olympian, Vidette), as well as other Washington State newspapers, including The Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune.  

Genealogy information, US Immigration records, SSDI, and Census images. (available anywhere with your TRL library card number and PIN through December 31, 2021) (Ancestry Library Tutorial)

Huge site with over 60,000 links in 120 categories, frequently updated (free, no library card required).

The largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. (From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, requires the creation of a free account to search and view records).

Find the graves of ancestors and thousands of famous people.

Genealogy books and serials, and Federal Census data.

Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. This collaborative venture, spearheaded by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, relies on original sources at the Washington State Library, the Washington State Archives and heritage organizations across the state. The work of Legacy Washington can be found in libraries around the country and museums of Washington.

Historical archives of international, national and local newspapers.

Service hub at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) from Northwest Digital Heritage, a partnership betwen Washington State Library, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the State Library of Oregon.

Support homework and research assignments with age-appropriate, vetted sources. Explore topics, trends and current events that align with curricular areas such English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more.

Ancestry.com site designed to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers. Includes cities and towns in Washington State.

Access text of The Seattle Times from 1985-current, and the image version from 2018-current.

Free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

Health, Science & Technology

Information about medicine, medications, wellness, and alternative therapies.

Science experiments, biographies, illustrations and more.

Ebook collection featuring topics on diseases, mental health, drug use, and the human body. 

Homework Help for Kids

World, continent, country, and state maps. Includes political, physical, population, climate, and more.

State, county & city information with maps, flags, photos & facts for US states & territories.

AtoZ World Food contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world.

Accelerated Reader book searches by author, readability level, point value, and topic.

Online encyclopedia for all ages. Choose appropriate age level: Children, Young Adults or Reference Center. 

Learn to code by solving puzzles and creating games.

Peoples, lands, customs and lifestyles from around the world. (Tutorial)

Biographies, essays, critical analyses, and magazine and newspaper articles.

Created specifically for middle school student research, with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.

Science experiments, biographies, illustrations and more.

NEW  Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more.

Test preparation guides and practice tests including the GED, ASVAB, ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and AP Exams. Build skills in math, language arts and science for elementary, middle school and high school. Resources for adults to improve math, writing, and grammar. Study to become a U.S. Citizen and find Recursos Para Hispanohablantes, including the GED in Espanol. (LearningExpress Library Tutorial)

Fiction and nonfiction titles specifically for grades K-8 with learning materials for readers and teachers. (Novelist Tutorial)

eBooks, audiobooks, and video for your computer or mobile device. See the Stream & Download page for more set-up details. (OverDrive Tutorial)

Personalized courses in any of 160+ languages, instruction in 130+ home languages, ESL courses, an American Sign Language course, and a Mexican Sign Language video course. The Pronunciator app is written in responsive HTML5, and can be used in any browser, even the browser in your mobile device. (Pronunciator Tutorial)

Support homework and research assignments with age-appropriate, vetted sources. Explore topics, trends and current events that align with curricular areas such English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more.