Current Procurements

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The Washington State Library contemplates awarding a sole source contract to NewsBank, Inc. as hereby described:


The Washington State Library is tasked with preserving historical Washington newspapers. By entering into this Contract with NewsBank, the Washington State Library is taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase perpetual access to the archives of two of the most important newspapers in the state: The Seattle Times, and the Olympian available via the electronic, searchable archives of NewsBank.


Patrons will now be able to search and discover content from the full historical runs of these titles in the same interface.


For the initial Five Year period OSOS shall pay a total not to exceed amount of $260,460.00 After the initial five year period, OSOS has the option to pay annual access fees for as long as WSL wishes to use the NewsBank platform. These fees will be $2,800 per year starting in the 6th year and can only increase by up to 3% per year. At any time OSOS can request the files of the archives be sent to WSL for hosting locally, at which point, no access fees will need to be paid.  This will enable patrons to search these archives now without needing to physically come to the Washington State Library in Tumwater and tediously scroll through microfilm.


The purpose, then, of this Contract is to establish the terms of service for The Seattle Times, 1895-1984, The Daily Olympian 1891-1982 and The Olympian 1982-2000 publication years as NewsBank Products for perpetual access.


In the absence of other qualified sources, it is the state’s intent to make a sole source award of the contract.


To submit capability statements or for other questions contact: 

Bill Fieber

Contracts Specialist

Financial Services, Operations Division

6880 Capitol Blvd S.

P.O. Box 40224

Olympia, WA 98504-0224

Phone - V: 360.704.5223; F: 360.704.7830

Email: [email protected]