Learning from Home
Washington County Library is here to help with all of your learning from home needs. Check out library resources you can utilize at home or in our buildings, then browse online tools to assist with class assignments in any subject.
Can't find what you need? Contact us by chat, phone, or email!
Connect with a Librarian
|Need sources to help with a new assignment? Looking for recommendations when reading for fun? We can help! Fill out our education support form to connect with a librarian who can find exactly what you need.|
Reference by Appointment
|Contact your library to schedule up to 30 minutes with a librarian for expert help with in-depth questions or personal technology assistance.|
Ask a Question
|Use this form to submit your question to a Washington County librarian.|
You can also call your local branch to speak with a librarian directly.
Meeting rooms can be reserved for individual studying or meeting in small groups. Meeting rooms are open with limited capacity to maintain social distancing. Tables, chairs, and computers in common areas are available without reservations. Learn more about meeting rooms.
Send documents to the library's printers and pick them up when you're ready. Items can be sent from your computer or mobile device at home or within the library. You can pick up and pay for printed items at the library. Learn more about wireless printing.
Curbside pickup appointments are still available for vulnerable members of the community who cannot enter the library. Schedule an appointment online to pick up your library holds without having to enter the building.
Not sure how to get started at the library? We've developed some online tutorials for common questions and services. Check them out below!
- How to Get a Library Card
- How to use CloudLibrary for eBooks and eAudiobooks
- How to use OverDrive | Libby for eBooks
Check out ebooks, digital audiobooks, and emagazines using one of our mobile apps.
Checkout a WiFi Hotspot or Chromebook
Washington County Library has hotspots and Chromebooks available for checkout. Access the internet and use a computer outside the library! You can place a hold on a device through our catalog, by contacting us, or visiting your local library and requesting one in person
Tired of looking at a screen? We have 2020 Encyclopedias that can help you with your project. You can check them out and bring them home, too. Find encyclopedias in our catalog or on the shelf at your local branch.
Sensory kits include items that can help assist in behavior management and early learning for families with children who experience sensory processing disorder or are on the autism spectrum. Sensory kits are housed at Hardwood Creek Library, but can be picked up at any branch by placing a hold in the catalog.
Everything you need to have a book club at home is packed into on of our book club kits! Kits contain 10 copies of one title, discussion questions about the title, and information about the author. A kit is checked out to a single group member who is responsible for all of the materials. The group may keep the kit for 6 weeks.
Connect with free, online tutoring services for kids, teens, and adults daily from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Learn more in this video overview.
Take online practice tests, view tutorials, and find resources for school and career exams. Popular tests include: ACT, AP, GED, Nursing, Real Estate, TOEFL, and U.S. Citizenship.
Prepare for the Minnesota driving tests with online tests. Driver’s manuals and other information covering permits, automotive, motorcycle, and commercial driver license tests. For students or anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Minnesota’s traffic laws.
Washington County Library staff are available to help you find materials for research projects and other assignments.
- Art, Drama, and Music
- Computers and Tech
- Language Arts
- Science and Health
- Social Studies
- World Languages
Washington County Library has access to many online tools to read biographies, find primary sources, and stay connected to current events. If you need help navigating any of these tools, reach out to a librarian.
- American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections: Search thousands of American historical magazines and newspapers published between 1691 and 1876. Great for history projects!
- ArchiveGrid: Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.
- Gale eBooks: Search encyclopedias, almanacs, and primary sources covering topics from art and history to medicine.
- Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub: Search Minnesota newspaper articles from the Minnesota Historical Society archives. Find geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1856 and today.
- Minnesota Reflections: Find images, maps, and documents from more than 150 cultural heritage organizations from around the state.
- Umbra Search: Explore African American history through hundreds of thousands of digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the country.
- Points of View Reference Center: Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Here you can find 250 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and critical thinking guide.
- NewsBank: Read articles from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, Duluth News-Tribune, and Rochester Post-Bulletin.