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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.

Request Methods
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.

Obituary Requests
The Washington State Library no longer offers an obituary lookup service and we will not supply obituaries in response to article requests through ILL.  We will lend microfilm of newspapers, though.  Suggestions for how to obtain a copy of an obituary are listed here:  

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territorial materials, Washington authors, copy one of state publications, most reference materials, and some superseded/historical reference materials

Rush Requests
The State Library will accept rush requests for all materials. Please distinctively note RUSH on your request.

Loan Period
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.

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