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Service Alert - Due to budget cuts and reduced staff, the State Library no longer offers our obituary lookup service to out-of-state customers. WA residents who have a State Library card can request an obituary by clicking on the link below. Find out how to get a card and find out what options are available for out-of-state customers who are looking for WA obituaries.

Welcome to the Washington State Library's Ask a Librarian service! We are here to answer your questions about Washington state government, history, culture, the federal government, and genealogy. We have an extensive collection of Washington newspapers, state publications, federal publications, and other sources for information. Answers to your questions will be delivered via email; fields marked with an * below are required.

Requesting an Obituary? - All obituaries must be submitted using our Obituary Request Form.

E-mail Address: *

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Your Name:

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Select "Not a State Employee" if you do not work for a state or federal agency.
Select "Other" if you belong to another state or federal agency and then provide that agency in the "Other Agency" field below.

*State Agency you are employed by:

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Question: *

We receive a large volume of questions, so it may be up to 4 weeks before we can respond to your genealogy requests.

Please be as specific as possible in your question. Include dates or geographic restrictions if they apply to your question and spell out any acronyms that you use.