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The Tacoma Public Library's Education and Job Center offers a variety of services and tools for job seekers.

  • Free classes with some of the region's leading career coaches
  • Dedicated computers with free access to job-related software.
  • GED preparation materials & practice tests.
  • Practice placement & entrance exams including the ACT, SAT, GRE and others.
  • Interactive online practice tests for preparatory examinations including entrance exams and certification, licensing and civil service tests.
  • The latest books on career choices, job hunting, writing effective resume & cover letter, interviewing tips.
  • Information on 2 & 4 year colleges, technical schools, scholarships & financial aid
  • Free computer classes & free WiFi.

The Tacoma Public Library's Education & Job Center is funded, in part, with a grant from the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Library as part of a Renew Washington Project which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Featured Resource:

Learn4Life

Take a class, learn a new skill, expand your horizons with Gale Courses (formerly called Learn4Life) at Tacoma Public Library!


Career Transitions is a database which step-by-step guides you to discover your interests, choose a career, prepare a resume, search job openings and more.

Job & Career Accelerator integrates everything you'll need to conduct a successful job search from recommending occupations based on skills and interests to viewing up-to-the-minute job postings.

JobNow offers personal job coaching and assistance for patrons at all phases of their job search as well as resume and cover letter review and live interview practice.

LearningExpress Library 3.0 Popular practice tests (SAT, New 2014 GED, GRE, Citizenship, Career Prep, and more!) plus skills improvement, computer tutorials and ebooks. *The older version of LearningExpress Library will be discontinued after June 30, 2014. Register on version 3.0 to continue using LearningExpress after that date.*

Popular Software Tutorials 3.0 Learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, and more! *The older version of the Popular Software Tutorials will be discontinued after June 30, 2014. Register on version 3.0 to continue using LearningExpress Library after that date.*

Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) offer information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams and certifications, and professional license exams, resume tool and more!


WorkSource Pierce County and WorkSource Washington
WorkSource is a comprehensive network of community partners working collaboratively in a one-stop system that helps individuals obtain the skills necessary for employment and to deliver a first class workforce to the business community. Partners represent school districts, post-secondary educational institutions, government agencies, labor organizations, community-based non-profits, and businesses.

Employment & Job-Seeking Resources (from the Washington State Library)
Resources for unemployment, job-seeking, resume-building, interview preparation, and more.

Access Washington
Everything you need to know about working or starting a small business in our state.

Web Resources For Job Seekers
These web sites are used daily by our reference librarians to answer questions and provide information to our library patrons seeking information on employment and careers.

Free classes to help you master your computer skills.
The Tacoma Public Library offers a variety of free hands-on classes from Internet job searching, MS Word basics and resume writing to meet the needs of beginners as well as advanced computer users. Full schedule here.

NewTacomaJobs
A new resource on TWITTER. Tacoma-area employment opportunities are posted daily.

Last Updated 22.05.2014