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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.

We are available to answer questions Monday - Friday, 8:00 to 5:00 (closed on state holidays). Email requests may be submitted anytime.


Questions are answered in the order they are received. We do our best to respond within two business days; genealogy questions may take up to 4 weeks. Obituary requests must be submitted using the obituary request form.


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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.


Visit us in Tumwater, Washington at 6880 Capitol Boulevard South, Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 to 5:00 pm. We are closed state holidays.


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