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Thank you for submitting a question to our Ask a Librarian service. You should receive an email shortly letting you know that we have received your question.

Questions are answered in the order they are received. We do our best to respond within two business days. If your question is of a time sensitive nature, and it is between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, please call the Washington State Library reference desk at (360) 704-5221. You may also use our online chat service between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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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.

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Daily Digest Bulletin Readers

If you would like to request a copy of a newspaper article that appeared in the Daily Digest Bulletin, please enter the complete citation information (newspaper title, article title, and date) in the “Question” box below. Librarians at the State Library will respond to your request within 1-2 business days.

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.

If obituary request, please provide name of the deceased below.

If you are using this form to request an article from the Olympian Newspaper Index a librarian will email the article you requested as soon as possible. Our staff must locate the article in our microfilm collection, scan the article into PDF format, and then email the PDF to you. Ordinarily you can expect your article within two business days, but this service is dependent on staff availability. Thank you for your patience.

Answers to questions are delivered by email. We need an accurate email address in order to deliver the information you’ve requested. The Washington State Library does not store or retain email addresses for any purpose other than replying to your question.