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CPTC Library/Learning Resource Center: Local Public Libraries

Welcome to the CPTC Library/Learning Resource Center! We are located in building 15.

Public Libraries!


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.

Local Public Libraries


Below are links to public library systems throughout the Puget Sound region.  All of our neighboring public libraries have a wonderful variety of books, DVDs and other materials for patrons to borrow; comfortable spaces to study, read, and relax; programs for all ages to enjoy in person and online; and access to computers, technology services, and printing. 

Visit your local library for information on obtaining a library card.  Many libraries also have online registration forms that will give you instant access to online databases and downloadable materials!


Washington 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 currently closed, so you may wish to visit the nearby Parkland/Spanaway or Steilacoom locations.  Lakewood library staff are also providing "pop-up" services throughout the city - check out their calendar for events near you!

Below you will find more information about resources at Pierce County Library 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: Gale, EBSCO, Opposing Viewpoints in Context databases and more, to enhance your work at CPTC
  • General Reference eBooks:  Online reference materials on dozens of topics
  • LinkedIn Learning:  Free access to online courses, trainings and tutorials in technology, software, business, and creative skills, including trainings for software and technology certification exams.
  • Universal Class: Over 500 online classes, including test prep, computer training, math, English, sciences, career training, office skills, and many more for personal and professional growth
  • 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
  • Library Programming:  Book groups, children's storytimes, crafting, English language conversation, and more, for personal growth and enjoyment