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CPTC Library: Local Pubic Libraries

Welcome to the CPTC Library homepage! We are located in building 15.

 

Your local public library is a gateway to inspiration, information, and lifelong learning!  At your public library, you can find a great variety of resources, all available to you for free.  For example...

  • electronic databases and print resources that expand upon what we have at CPTC, to help with coursework
  • additional online tutoring opportunities
  • space for reading and studying
  • access to computers and the internet
  • books, movies, music, and magazines you can borrow or download, for your personal enjoyment and enrichment
  • innovative educational and recreational programming for people of all ages

Below you will find information about resources at Pierce County Library, and links to other local public libraries and Washington State libraries.

** Please note that all local public library services are limited by the COVID precautions mandated by the State of Washington.  Please visit your local library's website for specific information about what services are currently available. ** 

Computers at Pierce County Library

Need access to a computer? The Lakewood branch of the Pierce County Library is now offering computer and wi-fi access by appointment during the following hours. Contact the library at 253-548-3302 for more information or to make an appointment.

  • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed for cleaning 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed for cleaning 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for cleaning 1-3 p.m.

Public and State Libraries

Public Libraries

Below are links to public library systems throughout the Puget Sound region.  Visit your local library for information on obtaining a library card.  Many libraries have online registration forms that will give you instant access to online databases and downloadable materials!

 

State Libraries

  • Washington State Library - The Washington State Library offers state history and government collections, historical state newspapers, the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, and more. 

  • Washington State Law Library - The Washington State Law Library offers access to reliable legal information and expert legal reference assistance.

Pierce County Library System

Pierce County Library is CPTC's neighborhood library!  The Lakewood branch is just 2 miles away, on Wildaire Rd off of Gravelly Lake Dr. 

Below you will find more information about resources at the Lakewood Library (and every Pierce County Library location!) that may be of interest to you and helpful during your time at CPTC.

 

Library Card

If you live or own property in most areas of Pierce County, you are eligible for a free Pierce County Library card.  AND, if you have a library card at one of the area libraries on the left (and more!) you are eligible for a free library card through local library reciprocal agreements.   

Visit the Pierce County Library website for more information, and to apply for a card online so you can begin using the resources below right away.

 

Pierce County Library Resources

  • Homework Help:  One-on-one online tutoring and homework help, for college and for K-12, help with completing the FAFSA, and more
  • Peterson's Test Prep:  Test prep resources for career certification, credentialing and licensing exams, standardized tests for high school, college prep, and graduate school, and school and career exploration resources.
  • Article Databases: ProQuest, EBSCO, eLibrary, Opposing Viewpoints in Context databases and more, to enhance your work at CPTC
  • General Reference eBooks:  Online reference materials on dozens of topics
  • Lynda.com:  Free access to online courses, trainings and tutorials in technology, software, business, and creative skills, including trainings for software and technology certification exams.
  • Books and Materials:  An extensive and diverse collection of materials you can take home or download for your reading, watching, listening enjoyment
  • Job + Business Center: Information, training, and resources for job-seeking, small business support, technology certifications, and college exploration
  • Citizenship Resources Information and resources for permanent residents seeking to become US Citizens
  • (Virtual) Programming:  Book groups, children's storytimes, crafting, English language conversation, and more, for personal growth and enjoyment