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Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Closed: November 11, November 24 - 26

COVID-19 Safe Start: "Do more by knowing more" free mini-course: get a $25 gift card

In collaboration with TCC's Safe Start "Combatting COVID-19 Together" task force, your TCC Library is offering a free mini-course that provides reliable information about COVID-19.

Course content is intended to empower you and others to make informed decisions based on up-to-date facts so we can all have a safe start, and do more by knowing more.

Click the course flier below, or the link below, to get started!

covid-19 mini course flier. Click on the link to begin the course. the first 100 students to complete the course receive $25 gift card to the TCC Bookstore. Your instructors may offer extra credit as well. Ask them! More information available within the course itself.

Free COVID-19 self-administered tests available at TCC

TCC's COVID-19 Safe Start strategy includes masking, distancing, vaccination, and making testing available.

Starting Wednesday, September 15: TCC and the TCC Library has partnered with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to provide free self-administered COVID-19 PCR tests to any student, staff, or faculty who needs one.*

Do you need to be tested for COVID-19? You can get a free self-administered PCR test kit from the TCC Library, the TCC Food Pantry, TCC Gig Harbor Campus, or any public library location in Tacoma or Pierce County. Read more below, or call 253-566-5087 to find out more.

*If you have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19, or you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please send someone who is well to pick up a test kit for you. Note: TCC campus currently has a mask mandate.

Basic process (More specific instructions are included with every kit):

Pick up a free self-administered PCR COVID-19 test kit from the TCC Library front desk; the TCC Food Pantry; TCC Gig Harbor front desk (or any Tacoma Public Library or Pierce County Library location). You will not be asked to identify yourself at any of these locations to get a test.

  1. Register your kit at*
  2. Watch the instructional video at (see the next tab)
  3. Locate your nearest UPS drop box, and check the schedule
  4. Follow the instructions in the kit and collect and package your test sample
  5. Take your packaged test sample to your nearest UPS drop box that will pick up the same day. (Shipping is also free,)
  6. You will be notified of your results between 24 and 48 hours after your sample is received by the lab.

* At the website you may see costs associated with these tests. Disregard: Our local health department has made these test kits available, and shipping, free of charge.

Test kit image:

image of the covid 19 self-administered test kit available at TCC

What type of test is this? PCR tests detect SARS-CoV-2 virus particles that are present in a person with in an active case of COVID-19. This is what is known as a  "molecular" test; it is not a rapid "antigen" test. These kits do not test for anti-bodies that would be present in a person who has recovered from COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 tests in this short learning module.

Travel: If you need this test because you want to travel, please make sure that you know what kinds of tests are acceptable. This can be a little complicated, so research carefully. Some destinations or airlines do not accept self-administered home tests like these. Here is an example of travel requirements: Canada. (At this time, 9/2021 Canada does accept self-administered PCR test results, but not rapid antigen test results of any kind.) Remember, what is required today, may be different tomorrow, so always check for updates when you have travel plans.

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