Resource Sharing (Interlibrary Loan)
The State Library’s Resource Sharing unit is responsible for all activities related to interlibrary lending and borrowing of materials. The State Library uses ILLiad for request management and Odyssey for electronic document delivery. Materials are lent directly to other libraries worldwide. Individuals should request materials through their local library.
OCLC, mail, telephone, fax, e-mail
The State Library does not charge for photocopying articles or lending materials. As an LVIS (Libraries Very Interested in Sharing) member of OCLC, the State Library values reciprocity.
The Washington State Library offers a free obituary lookup service using our collection of WA newspapers. Please refer customers here for more information and to submit requests themselves.
Materials Available for Loan or Photocopy
General books (Dewey collection), newspapers on microfilm, northwest microfilm, journal articles, federal publications, some state publications, and some reference materials
Materials Not Lent via Resource Sharing
rare materials, territorial materials, Washington authors, copy one of state publications, most reference materials, and some superseded/historical reference materials
The State Library will accept rush requests for all materials except obituaries. Please distinctively note RUSH on your request.
Four weeks for all requests
Libraries may submit unlimited requests, but the lending of newspapers on microfilm is limited to ten reels per customer per library. Microfilm is also lent with the permission for in-library use only.
Two renewals will be granted for most materials, except for microfilm, which cannot be renewed.