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The Puyallup Public Library endeavors to provide a variety of electronic resources to our patrons for use outside of the library. For a list of our regularly offered databases, please visit our Database page.  For books, magazines and movies we offer regularly, visit our e-Library page.

This page will highlight resources that may only be available during the current national health crisis.  All resources are free and links are provided.   For links to free virtual and audio books, please visit the Read With Us page, created to parallel the content listed here.  This is a small sample of the many organizations providing free learning opportunities.  Explore and let us know where it leads!

Arts and Humanities

  • Explore the British Museum room by room through their virtual galleries.  
  • The Digital Public Library of America is an ambitious project that brings together documents, videos, images and online exhibits to offer over 36 million pieces of data.  Recommended for researchers, instructors, browsers and students.
  • Explore the treasures of Russia’s Hermitage Museum through their 360 degree virtual galleries.
  • Khan Academy offers classes on a wide range of topics and has introduced scheduled courses for students who are currently at home.  Highly recommended.
  • The Library of Congress has more than books. See a draft of the Gettysburg Address, listen to music recordings from the 1800’s, view rare Ansel Adams photographs and more.
  • The Smithsonian offers access to over two million images, free for public use. 
  • The Uffizi Gallery in Italy is home to Botticelli’s famous Birth of Venus painting, works by Da Vinci, Raphael and other masters.

Science and Technology

  • Words that end in -ology mean the study of something.  Join the American Museum of Natural History to find your ology! Recommended site for students age 12 and younger.
  • Learn to code through Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Microsoft offers free classes that can lead to certification on their products.
  • NASA offers free podcasts, activities and the opportunity to submit an application to be an astronaut!
  • National Geographic offers coursework to learn at home, conveniently divided by grade level.  Topics cover social studies, geography and science.
  • Have a weather bug in the family?  Try the National Weather Service’s education site and learn about meteorology.
  • The National Zoo offers virtual tours, webcams and activities you can do at home to learn about animals.
  • The Pacific Science Center in Seattle offers a variety of activities and videos in their Curiosity at Home series.
  • The Seattle Aquarium offers web cams to watch their animals.  Who can resist otters?