Library Services FAQs

What services do you provide for business owners and managers?

Our Library to Business program can help you plan, launch and run your business. We can help you research your market, find a funding source, apply for licenses and more. We also offer some of our business workshops in Spanish. 

Can you help me with my job search?

The Central Library and some branches partner with Worksource Seattle-King County to offer a Job Resource Center, where job searchers can use computers for up to two hours per day in addition to their 90 minutes of free Internet time. Other job search resources and job listing databases are also available. We offer free classes and one-on-one help for adults who want to learn English, computer basics or who need help setting up a free email account.

Can you help me with my taxes?

We offer free Tax Help at the Central Library all year in partnership with United Way of King County. During tax season, Tax Help is available from the AARP at many of our branches. Visit our Tax Help page to see the schedule and find out what to bring.

Can you help me find housing or social services?

Our Community Resource Specialist can connect you with many local agencies to help you find housing and other resources. You can stop by during drop-in hours at the Central Library or Ballard branch, or schedule an appointment by calling 206-739-1650, or emailing

Can you help me learn about my ancestry?

We have one of the largest collections of genealogy resources in the state at the Central Library. You can make an appointment with one of our genealogy librarians, or explore on your own. You can access Ancestry Library Edition, America’s GenealogyBank and other online resources for free with your Library card.

Can you help my kids succeed in school?

Our Student Success programs help kids K-12 succeed in school and prepare for college. Whether your kids need help with homework, math and reading skills, or filling out a college application, our trained tutors can help during drop-in hours. 

Can you help me prepare for college?

Our trained tutors can help you fill out your college applications, write winning essays or prepare for tests. We also offer special programs to help you understand and complete financial aid form. Find upcoming events and drop-in hours on our College Readiness page.

Can you help me improve my English or learn a new language?

If you are learning English, you can take free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at many Library locations. Join a Talk Time session to practice English conversation in an informal setting. We also have online tools to help you learn any language.

Can you help me become a citizen of the United States?

Yes. We offer free assistance:

  • Free citizenship classes help you prepare for civics exams.
  • Citizenship books, CDs and DVDs in English and other languages help you prepare for exams.

Visit our Citizenship Help page for more information.