Information you need. When you need it.
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Welcome to the Tacoma Public Library's online reference pages. Here you can connect with information from thousands of sources, including newspapers and magazines, encyclopedias, automotive manuals and more. Here you will find links to web sites with information about our world... stretching from Tacoma's neighborhoods to the far reaches of the globe. Here, you can access TOPCAT - our online catalog, to search for books and materials, place holds, renew items and check your library record.
Depending on your information needs, there are additional pages on our site you may wish to visit:
If you are seeking information on the history of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest, be sure to visit Tacoma Past & Present - home of the Northwest Room & Special Collections.
If you are a student seeking information on a school project, you will also want to visit our Homework Help Page. There, you'll find links to selected online databases, educational and homework assistance sites, and other useful resources chosen especially for elementary, middle and high school students.
Its almost as good as visiting your library. Almost. Here you can research any subject - in magazines and newspapers, encyclopedias, journals and more - from architecture and education to current events and science.
These are the web sites our librarians use daily to find information and rosources requested by our patrons. This isn't a comprehensive list (we will leave that to the folks at Yahoo) but a carefully selected one.
"Do you have a book about _________." Well, chances are we do, and often our librarians collect the best of these books in a bibliography. Also, we've collected some of our favorite web sites for readers.
You can access our collection, reserve books, check your library record, get recommendations on books to read and lots more.
Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is the library's online information service. This is another way to ask and receive answers to your questions. Your questions, as with all reference questions, will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Last Updated 01.11.2012