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
Due to budget cuts and reduced staff, the State Library is no longer offering our obituary lookup service.
These are some options for accessing obituaries and other genealogical information in Washington state newspapers. Information about finding Washington obituaries using existing resources online can be found here.
- Interlibrary Loan
The Washington State Library lends out its microfilmed newspaper collection through interlibrary loan. You can submit an interlibrary loan request at your local library. When we receive that request, we will send the microfilm to your library for you to search. Every box of microfilm is listed in our online catalog. www.sos.wa.gov/library/catalog.aspx
If you have any questions about which newspapers cover the area you are researching, contact us through Ask-A-Librarian, and we’d be happy to help.
- County Genealogical Societies of Washington State
Many of the county genealogical societies in this state will do obituary lookups for a small fee. You will need to contact them directly with any inquiries.
- Association of Professional Genealogists
You can search this web site for a professional researcher by name, location or research specialty.