All branches of the Washington State Library are currently closed to the public. Questions received via email, chat, and phone will be answered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Collection items are available through your local library using interlibrary loan. All collection materials currently checked out due July 15, and the blue book drop located near our back door is available for use. For more information, please visit our page regarding the closure.

Washington State Library COVID-19 Resources

AskWA: The Statewide Virtual Reference Cooperative

In January 2009, the statewide virtual reference cooperative in Washington State officially became "AskWA", following naming conventions prevalent among other state- and area-wide virtual reference cooperatives.

AskWA is a cooperative of more than 50 libraries throughout Washington State, both public and academic, providing online reference services through chat and email technologies. This statewide network is currently tied in to a global network through providing access to 24/7 online reference services for every participating library.

The AskWA portal is now available. You may also be interested in subscribing to the AskWA email list.

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