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Access to the Reading Room is by appointment only. All visitors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in order for our staff to prepare for your visit and to make sure you have the best possible research experience. Walk-in visitors are always welcome, but please be aware that you may experience some delays in item retrieval or consultation with subject specialists if you do not make an appointment.

If you have questions or concerns about scheduling a research appointment, please contact us.

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Which Type of Appointment Should I Schedule


Research consultation — A one-on-one in-person consultation with a librarian who has subject expertise in the areas of: federal, state, or local government; genealogy; Pacific Northwest history. The librarian can recommend research strategies, particular library collections of interest, and provide referrals to outside agencies that can help. Access to materials shelved in the Reading Room is automatically included with each research appointment.

Access the library’s collection — Staff will provide physical access to the library’s Reading Room in order for you to browse the Northwest collection or use newspapers on microfilm. Staff can also provide paging of items from Rare, Historic Research, State, Federal, print Newspaper, and Map collections located on secure floors of the library. If you know which materials you wish to use ahead of time, please note this in your appointment form. These appointments are best for individuals who are experienced State Library users and require little assistance in using available collections.

Quiet research space and Wi-Fi — Staff will provide access to the Reading Room and quiet workspaces for researchers who are self-sufficient, have their own laptop or tablet, and require only minimal access to library collections. The State Library is unable to provide meeting rooms for large groups at this time.


If you are traveling long distance to use the Reading Room, or have other special needs, please contact us at Ask a Librarian to make arrangements outside of normal Reading Room hours.

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