Everything you need to know about current Tacoma Public Library services.
Visit a Library
All locations are now open for in-building services. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Find out how to Visit a Library
Holds pickup is available at all Tacoma Public Library locations, including the Eastside Microlibrary at Eastside Community Center.
There are two ways to pick up your holds:
Holds Pickup hours at Eastside Community Center:
Note that this is a walk-up service (no phone available) at the café window and is available one day per week, on Tuesdays.
There are two ways to borrow physical materials from Tacoma Public Library
- Make an appointment for Contactless Holds Pickup
- Visit a Library building during our service hours
- Use your library card (eCard or physical card) to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming movies and TV shows via our eResources.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is not available at this time.
Tacoma Public Library is accepting returns at all locations, including the bookdrop at Eastside Community Center. Bookdrops are available 24/7.
Library staff are available via telephone, chat, email, and even Zoom conference. Contact us for book recommendations, help with eResources, or even just to chat (with an adult caretaker present).
Contacting us by phone is the fastest way to get help. Library staff are ready to take your phone inquiries about library services, local information, and more. Location and Hours.
If your query is not urgent and you can wait two to three days for a response, feel free to email us. Send an email through our Contact Us form
for help with your account, or to send a question or comment. You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask a Librarian:
Use the Ask a Librarian chat
virtual reference service to ask questions online that are not specific to your account at Tacoma Public Library. This service is staffed by Tacoma Public Library and other library systems in Washington State.
Zoom with TPL: If your question requires additional conversation, a library staff member may follow up with you individually to schedule a one-on-one Zoom conference call.
You can get an eCard
today through our online ecard application
. eCards are good for 6 months and offer access to all of our online resources, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as 3 holds and 3 checkouts on physical materials. You can convert your ecard to a standard card with full borrowing privileges by visiting a library
with your photo ID and proof of address (such as a piece of mail).
Standard Cards: Standard cards
must be acquired by visiting a library
with your photo ID and proof of address (such as a piece of mail). Standard cards offer access to all of our online resources, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as 30 holds and 60 checkouts on physical materials.
A non-resident library card
can be purchased by those who are not eligible for a free library card
, due to their location outside of Tacoma Public Library's service area, for a fee of $59 for 12 months or $29.50 for 6 months. To purchase a new non-resident card or to renew your existing non-resident card, you can visit a library
or call 253.280.2800 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Noon to 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to Noon or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Payment must be made by credit card or check.
Students enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools and Tacoma Public Schools educators have library access using their school ID numbers. Visit our Pathway Partnership
page to learn more.
We are now accepting donations of physical materials. Visit our FAQs
for more information.
Tacoma Reads 2021
Read the book. Join the conversation.
Tacoma Reads is a city-wide reading program that seeks to unite the community in dialogue around contemporary themes through reading a common text. A longstanding partnership between the City of Tacoma’s Mayor’s Office and the Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma Reads in 2021 is thrilled to have the support of the Tacoma Urban League as its premier sponsor. Learn more.
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