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Want to plant a vegetable garden? The library now has a seed library to help you get started!

With the TCCL Seed Library, you can borrow seeds from a large variety of vegetables (and a few fruits and flowers as well) to take home and plant in your garden. Since, hopefully, the seeds will become plants, we don't expect you to bring those exact same seeds back. However, once the plant produces, you simply take a small portion of the vegetables, fruits, or flower, harvest the seeds and dry them, then return those to the library for other people to use.

New Mobius service broadens the collection of materials available to Tulsa library users!

Have you ever wanted to check out a book, cd, or movie, only to find that the library doesn't own it? In the past, we have offered Interlibrary Loan (or ILL), to obtain books outside of our collection, but this service, while very helpful, can take several weeks to fill a request and requires a small postage fee.

School is back in session, and that means it's time for research papers. Where can I look for topic ideas?

The library has two databases, World News Digest and Issues & Controversies, that are great for learning about current events and contemporary political and social topics. World News Digest focuses more on newspaper articles and stories, and allows you to search for pieces by time period (back to the 1940s) and country.

I'm looking for work and need to brush up on my computer skills. How can the library help me?

One option we have for you is a collection of online computer skills tutorials through the Learning Express database. These are self-paced tutorials with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of the most common software products you'll need to know to improve your marketability for a new job, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook, as well as Windows and Mac operating systems.

Freegal Music now available for streaming!

You already may know about the library’s Freegal Music database, which allows you to download 5 free songs a week. Well, now Freegal has an additional feature to offer: streaming music! With streaming, you can listen to your favorite songs for free, as long as you have an internet connection and are logged into the database. Best of all, the songs you stream don’t count against your 5 weekly downloads, so there’s no limit to how many songs you stream.

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