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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.

Email Form

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 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.


Schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM to consult with a librarian or access the library’s collections. We are located in Tumwater, Washington at 6880 Capitol Boulevard South. We are closed on state holidays and weekends. If you have questions about scheduling an appointment, we urge you to call or chat with us ahead of time in order to make the most of your visit. We look forward to assisting you!


Send us a letter:

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