Using Your Databases

Many of the databases that the Seattle Public Library subscribes to for you offers information found nowhere on the Web, and most can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the SPL homepage at  www.spl.org
  2. Click on the Databases and Websites link in the middle of the page under the word “Browse”  (or click here).  You will see several categories of databases and websites which you can browse.
  3. For an alphabetical  list of the the databases, click on the link in the green sidebar that says  “Databases A-Z.” Click on that link or click here.
  4. You will see a list of databases with a small blue or gold logo beside the name. The blue logo means that you can access that database from anywhere with  your SPL card number and PIN. The gold logo with the little roof over the card image means those databases can only be accessed from inside the library. Companies providing databases set their licensing rules; we  comply in order to provide the resource to you.
  5.  When you click on the name of a database, you’ll be given a screen that asks you to type in your SPL library card number and PIN.  Once you do, you’ll be taken to the database you chose.

That’s it! The world is your oyster and Bob’s your uncle!

~posted by Carol L.

Nonfiction Book Discussions for 2008

Book groups may occasionally select a biography or a nonfiction title to discuss, but few – except the Nonfiction Book Group here at the Library – are devoted to exclusively reading and discussion nonfiction titles. New members are always welcome! The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon on the 8th Level of the Central Library. We read and discuss non-fiction books with a strong focus on biography.

Check out our upcoming selections:

March 18His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis
April 15: My Invented Country by Isabelle Allende
May 20: Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
June 17: Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
July 15:  Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
August 19:  Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy.

~posted by Carol L.