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Statewide Database Licensing Project


The Washington State Library and NewsBank have just announced a one-year extension to their partnership providing libraries with access to newspaper content for Washington State and beyond. New content is also included: ResearchRocket for young researchers, and Integrated Collections (with full-color PDF page views) for five additional Washington newspapers.

Access to this collection is now available through December 31, 2020. The cost for this content access is underwritten by the Washington State Library, using federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds made available by IMLS (the Institute of Museum and Library Service).

For more information, and to sign up for the trial, visit the NewsBank Trial Page. NewsBank has also created a set of Resources for Washington Libraries that includes suggestions for promoting these resources through social media and other venues.

SDL Contract Announced

The Washington State Library and the Statewide Database Licensing Project Advisory Committee are pleased to announce that ProQuest was again selected to provide a suite of database products to the nonprofit libraries of Washington State. The package includes a periodicals collection, a collection of Washington and national newspapers, and resources for children and students. This new contract with ProQuest began on July 1, 2016 and expires June 30, 2021.

A complete listing of the content in the new ProQuest package is available along with links to detailed descriptions of the individual components on the ProQuest Package Product Descriptions page. Lots of additional information is available on the Washington ProQuest LibGuides site.

The SDL Advisory Committee had a key role in the selection process, advising on the RFP itself, and subsequently assisting with the scoring, and making vendor recommendations. Feel free to contact members of the Advisory Committee, or SDL staff, with your comments or suggestions.

Annual ProQuest Renewal

Information on the ProQuest subscription renewals is available on the ProQuest renewal page. The cancellation form is also located there.

SDL E-Mail Distribution List

One way to keep informed about the Statewide Database Licensing Project is to subscribe to the SDL project's e-mail list, WALIBSDL, or to the State Library's eNewletter, WSL Updates. To subscribe to these and other WSL e-mail lists, visit the WSL e-mail distribution lists page.

ProQuest Promotional Materials

ProQuest has prepared a variety of tools and resources for libraries to use in promoting databases to their patrons.

These are general tools that are intended to provide suggestions and ideas for marketing and promotion. Consequently, some of the specific examples that are cited may be for products that are not part of the Washington State package, or some suggestions may not even refer to specific products, but to generic types of resources. Please adapt these suggestions and materials to meet your specific situation. Your suggestions for improving the resources are also welcomed. Send comments to Will Stuivenga (contact information at the bottom of this page).


Want to learn more about ProQuest resources? Training and help materials can be found at the ProQuest LibGuides page specifically designed for Washington libraries and staff, which has extensive resources available.

A ProQuest trainer is also available to provide hands-on in-person training at no cost to Washington Libraries. Contact:

Annette Parde-Maass
Training and Consulting Partner
Phone: (402) 590-0319
E-mail: [email protected]

Training for products from other vendors available through group purchases sponsored by the State Library is generally available by contacting the vendor directly. Or Will Stuivenga can provide contact information.

SDL Mission Statement

Through Washington libraries, all Washingtonians will have access to a range of electronic database products with which to address their informational and educational needs. And, Washington libraries will be able to leverage their resources to gain more cost effective access to database products.

adopted 1998

Project Description

SDL is a project coordinated by the Washington State Library to give citizens of the State of Washington access to online resources, specifically commercial research databases, through their local libraries at a discounted cost.

With guidance from the project's steering committee, the project uses federal LSTA grant funds to underwrite expensive licenses to full-text magazine and newspaper databases. Initiated in 1998, this project pays one half the annual costs. Libraries' local funds pay the rest. Local library costs are set using formulas established by the statewide advisory committee.

Libraries participating in SDL include:

  • 24 Private academic libraries
  • 30 Community and technical colleges
  • 62 Public libraries and library systems
  • 23 Medical and special libraries
  • Approximately 2000 K-12 libraries via the 9 Educational Service Districts (ESDs)
  • Tribal libraries
  • State government agency libraries

The basic database package includes:

  • U.S. Newsstream, with over 250 titles including top newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites in full-text format, with historical coverage extending back into the 1980's, including several Washington State news sources.
  • Research Library with 6000+ magazines, periodicals, and scholarly journals, covering 150 subject areas, of which over 4500 are available in full-text.
  • Business resources including ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry periodicals, the Wall Street Journal, and more.
  • The Family Health Database, with access to over 350 full-text publications, and over 200 health video clips all aimed at a general consumer audience.
  • Customized resources for different audiences including eLibrary, CultureGrams, and SIRS Discoverer for the K-12 audience as well as content intended for public library audiences and academic research purposes.
  • Remote access from homes or businesses.

SDL also coordinates group purchases of other databases purchased and funded with local library funds.


Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460

Will Stuivenga, Project Manager
[email protected]

(360) 704-5217 (Will Stuivenga)
(866) 538-4996 (Toll free)
(360) 586-7575 (Fax)

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