About the State Library

Rand Simmons, State Librarian
rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov

Location: Point Plaza East
6880 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater

General Information Email
askalibrarian@sos.wa.gov

Mail: PO Box 42460
Olympia WA 98504-2460

Telephone:
Reception: (360) 704-5200
Circulation: (360) 704-5213
Reference: (360) 704-5221

Hours of Operation & Directions

Our Hours Have Changed

Effective June 16th

Building and telephone hours are:

Monday - Friday, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Chat and email continue to be available from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.


Our reduced hours are due to budget and staff reductions.

Hours of Operation

Reading Room and Public Lobby:
12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (Closed on state holidays and weekends)

Administration:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (Closed on state holidays and weekends)

Photocopying & Printing:
Copies cost 15 cents per page. Customers are allowed 10 free copies per day from the library’s microfilm machines and computers. Additional copies must be paid for at the Reference Desk. Cash and checks (with ID) are accepted. All copies made from library photocopiers must be paid for. The photocopiers require the use of a copy card. A vending machine is located on the 2nd floor and it only accepts bills. A minimum of $1 must be added to a copy card. You may want to bring a digital camera or a scanner with you to capture images for free.

Directions to the State Library

The Washington State Library is located in the Point Plaza East, 6880 Capitol Blvd, near the Olympia Airport in Tumwater, WA.

Coming South to the Library:
Take I-5 South, take Exit 101 (Tumwater Blvd.), go left and stay straight on Tumwater Blvd. to Capitol Blvd (2nd light). Turn left onto Capitol Blvd. The State Library is at the intersection of Capitol Blvd. and Israel Road. Visitor parking is available on the right side of the building.

Coming North to Library:
Take I-5 North, take Exit 101 (Tumwater Blvd.), turn right on Tumwater Blvd. then proceed to Capitol Blvd (2nd light). Turn left onto Capitol Blvd. The State Library is at the intersection of Capitol Blvd. and Israel Road. Visitor parking is available on the right side of the building.

State Library Map

Hours of Operation for the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Directions to the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library Building

The entrance to the Library is on the corner of 9th and Lenora -- 2021 9th Avenue, Seattle, Washington.

BUS: Most bus lines are within five blocks. Local services include routes 5, 8, 26, 28, 174, and 355. The Library is two blocks northwest of the Seattle Greyhound bus station.

DRIVING: From north or south I-5, exit at Mercer. Turn left at the light onto Fairview. Stay in the right lane. Just beyond the Seattle Times building, cross Denny and Boren. Bear straight ahead onto Virginia. Go one block, turn right onto Terry, then left onto Lenora, then left onto 9th.

PARKING: Parking spots for vehicles with State Disabled Parking Permits are available at the curb immediately in front of the building on 9th Avenue or at the south end of the building up a short ramp off 9th Avenue into the parking garage. Stairs or an elevator provide access back down to the first floor entrance from the garage. Metered parking and pay lots are also available in the area. After 10 a.m., check the commuter parking spaces on 9th between Westlake and Virginia and on Lenora between Terry and 9th -- they are free.

Washington Talking Book & Braille Library