Education and research Subject Guide

Use our Subject Guide to dig in to your topics of interest. Click on one of the featured subjects below or select a new area of interest from the menu.

Adult education

Build your confidence with lifelong learning tools from the library. Learn a trade, practice reading, or level up for a promotion at work. It’s never too late to learn a new skill.

Arts and culture

Explore art and culture through our online collections, where you’ll find resources for fine arts and music, hospitality and tourism, pop culture, and so much more.

Careers and employment

Build your resume, study for a test, research starting your own business, and find reliable job listings.

Civic engagement

Learn about your right to vote — consider civic engagement, how it works, and who gets to participate.

Computer basics

The library offers many useful tools to help you learn how to use technology.

Emergency resources

Develop preparedness skills and access clear, accurate information during disasters and pandemics.

Gardening

Whether you are a novice in the garden or a cultivation expert, find resources to make your outdoors space thrive this season.

Genealogy resources

Find reliable free tools and strategies to learn about your family’s history.

Health and wellness

Whether you want to try a new recipe, practice meditation, or stay up-to-date with pandemic news, your librarians are hard at work assembling online resources for our community.

Higher education

Research colleges and universities, use online test prep tools, learn about financial aid, and explore online learning opportunities.

Immigration

Explore multilingual resources on US citizenship and civic engagement.

Information literacy

There’s so much information at our fingertips, but how do we know whether a source can be trusted? These tools can help us find reliable sources and evaluate the accuracy of the information. 

LGBTQIA+

Whether you’re looking for local events or want to explore organizations that support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) community and their allies, the library has resources to point you in the right direction.

Local history

Access historic periodicals, browse books on Oregon’s history, and learn about upcoming lectures and special events.

Nature

Whether you’re a nature novice or an experienced nature buff, our librarians have put together resources for anyone looking to spend more time outdoors to enjoy.

Neurodiversity

Discover resources created to support individuals and families with neurodiversity, such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and other learning and thinking differences.

Online Learning Resources

Learn a new language, try a virtual knitting course, take a self-paced social media marketing class, or even get live tutoring for any grade level — free with your library card.

Online research databases

From live virtual tutoring and language learning to vehicle maintenance manuals and award-winning craft tutorials, the library has the tools and resources to help with any project.

Race and society

Empathy begins with awareness, knowledge, and understanding. Our librarians selected these resources to illuminate history so we can work toward equity.

STEM and maker

Science, technology, engineering, and math support creative technology and innovation in today’s world. Learn, grow, and connect using these resources.

Teaching and homeschooling

We’re committed to supporting a thriving educational community (public, private, online, and/or homeschool) and the educational success of the students that they serve. 

Tough topics

Connecting patrons to what they need is the library’s goal, but we also understand that patrons may be more comfortable researching some topics on their own.