Statewide Database Licensing Project

New SDL Contract Announced

The Washington State Library and the Statewide Database Licensing Project Advisory Committee are pleased to announce that ProQuest has again been 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.

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.

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.

SDL Needs Assessment

In 2015 the Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project conducted a needs assessment which included two surveys, one for library staff, and one for library users as well as interviews with library staff. The final report is now available in several versions:

The library audience for both surveys included all types of libraries that participate in SDL: public, private academic, and community and technical colleges, hospital and research libraries, and K-12 schools, both public and private. In the case of K-12 schools, the end user survey was intended for classroom teachers and administrators, rather than students, but college and university students were strongly encouraged to take the survey.

All library staff who are aware of the library’s electronic resources, especially research databases, were encouraged to take the staff survey, and all participating Washington libraries were encouraged to promote the user survey to their clientele, through their web sites, social media, patron newsletters, and any other appropriate media or opportunities.

A goal of the assessment was to determine if the current ProQuest package of databases continues to meet the needs of participating Washington libraries, their staff, and the citizens of the state. If you have suggestions or comments on this needs assessment process, please contact project staff and/or members of the SDL Advisory Committee.

Previous (2010) SDL Needs Assessment Survey Results

In 2010, a similar needs assessment process was conducted, involving two surveys, one for staff at libraries of all types throughout Washington, and another for the users of public libraries in Washington. The following results comprise a summary of the survey for public library staff.

This summary aggregates responses and comments from all users that took the survey. 588 library staff started the survey, with 74.1% (436 library staff) completing it.

Interested parties may download the report (pdf) and complete results (xls) below:

Electronic Resources for Library Users: Survey Report and Complete Results

This report provides a summary of the survey for public library users.

The survey was administered by providing a link and image for public libraries to put on their websites. In the interest of user anonymity, we did not collect any information about which users came from which libraries, which means that we cannot parse out data based on library size. This summary aggregates responses and comments from all users that started the survey. 1,209 library users started the survey, with 90.1% (1,089 library users) completing it.

Interested parties may download the report (pdf) and complete results (xls) below:

ProQuest Renewal for 2015-2016

Information on the ProQuest renewal for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 is available on the ProQuest renewal page. The cancellation form is also located there. This is the first renewal year under the new contract.

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:

Jeff Cutler, B.S., M.B.A., Training and Consulting Partner
ProQuest | 2871 S. Whitworth Circle | Magna, UT 84044 USA
Office 801 250 0568 | Mobile 801 455 9775 | Voice 800 521 0600 ext 72996 | Fax 801 252 8480 and

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

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

Feedback We encourage your feedback. If you have comments or suggestions, please use our feedback form.

Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).