Ask a Librarian

We are available to answer questions via email and chat from 8-5 Monday through Friday. Our phone and building hours are 12-5 Monday through Friday. We are closed on weekends and state holidays. Email requests may be submitted any time.


Questions are answered in the order they are received. We do our best to respond within two business days. If you are looking for an obituary, more options are available for accessing obituaries in Washington newspapers.

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Accessible Chat

Use this link to chat with us if you use a screen reader, have vision problems, or if you would simply like a larger chat box. The full size chat screen allows you to change font size, text color, and background color, plus you can set an audible notification sound for incoming messages.



Call us at (360) 704-5221 between the hours of 12:00 and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.


Visit us in Tumwater, Washington at 6880 Capitol Boulevard South, Monday through Friday during the hours of 12:00 to 5:00 pm. We are closed on state holidays and weekends. We strongly recommend that you call before visiting the library.


Send us a letter:

Reference Section
Washington State Library
P.O. Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460