Back to School with the Library

In the hustle and bustle of “back to school”, don’t forget to take inventory of the great, FREE resources the library can offer students AND teachers throughout the year! And before you read further, you need to know that all SPS students have Spokane Public Library access with their student ID. The library card number is 27413081 + the student ID number, the PIN is the student’s birthday (MMDD). For students outside of District 81, you can sign up for a free Spokane Public Library card any time if you live in the area!

What resources can students access for free? For any topic you may be studying, we have the best databases for your to peruse. Use your library card number and PIN to access each of these for free!

  • Brainfuse HelpNow Tutoring
    • Find live tutors in math, science, reading, and more.
    • Submit essays to the Writing Lab for constructive feedback.
    • Submit homework questions for guidance.
    • Adult Learning Center for GED resources, resume writing, U.S. Citizenship prep, and more.
  • Gale in Context
    • Elementary: Find age-appropriate resources for curriculum-related content.
    • Global Issues: Discover international viewpoints on a spectrum of global issues and current events.
    • Opposing Viewpoints: Articles, statistics, and documents showing pro and con arguments for controversial topics.
    • Science: Articles, videos, and experiments for scientific topics.
  • Gale Literature
    • Literary Sources: Critical articles, cultural analysis, and biographices of writers from all time periods.
    • LitFinder: Find full-text literary works for poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and more.
  • Learning Express
    • Career prep resources
    • High school equivalency support (GED)
    •  ACT®, SAT®, AP® test prep
    • Educator resources for grade 4-8
  • Teen Finance & Health Series
    • Searchable eBooks for teens that provide introductory information and support resources on health, finance, and personal growth.
  • World Book Series
    • Kids: Thousands of articles, multi-media content and more to encourage curiosity.
    • Student: Find the full text of The World Book Encyclopedia along with daily current events, assessment tools for educators, and more.
    • Timelines: Explore the history of the world through World Book’s Timelines, including creating your own personalized timeline.

Events for Kids & Teens

Not only are we an educational hub, but we have great social resources, too! For elementary kids, we have a variety of fun events in art, sustainability, STEM, and more. For middle and high schoolers, we have a Discord channel to connect teens in the community and we offer age-appropriate programs like Anime Club, Virtual Reality, Cozy Hangout, and so much more.

Make this school year the best one yet by knowing what you can access for FREE with your library card. Spokane Public Library is here for you!