While the Pierce County Library System’s buildings are closed, the online library is always open and offers a number of free services for children and adults.

For all ages:

Library card: Get and start using a library card with access to all online library services.

E-books, audiobooks and magazines online: The library added more choices to reduce the holds queue.

Online e-sources: Many robust resources from Lynda.com and Universal Class to full newspapers from around the globe. Ancestry Library, which is typically just for in-library use, is available from home during this public health crisis.

For young children:

Tumblebook Library: Online animated, talking picture books.

Our Community Adventure: Parents are encouraged to download this community scavenger hunt and use while taking walks in their neighborhoods with their children.

Tools for students as they are in school at home:

HelpNow: Speak with professional real-time, online tutors and get expert help on essays to calculus.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Access hundreds of full-text electronic books covering a wide range of subjects from biography and business to law and literature.

Gale Biography in Context: Review brief biographies with links to articles in newspapers, magazines and websites.

Culture Grams: Explore the cultures of hundreds of countries, provinces and states, including famous people and recipes.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Compare opinions, articles and reference materials about controversial topics.

Science Online from Infobase: Discover experiments, videos, biographies and science research.

Pronunciator: Learn nearly 90 languages.

SIRS Discoverer: Access research for middle and elementary students incorporating articles from 1,400+ publications and selected topic websites.

Booklists: For every grade and accelerated reader lists to help improve student-reading levels – many books are available online.

Other learning resources: tools.pcls.us.

As this pandemic is a constantly evolving situation, Pierce County Library will continue to adjust and respond quickly. At this time, it is not setting a time period for when the libraries will reopen. For more information, go to www.piercecountylibrary.org.