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About the Library

Since the beginning of our statehood in 1889, the collections of the Washington State Library have grown substantially to include historical resources for the public, professionals, researchers, and students. The Library collects Washington newspapers, Pacific Northwest history and culture, and government publications filled with information on business, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics and numerous other subjects. The State Library provides access to historical, cultural, and government information with professional assistance through the Internet and in person.

The Washington State Library also manages the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL), located in Seattle. WTBBL provides essential service to those who have difficulty reading print by making available audio and Braille books, the Evergreen Radio Reading Service and other services to the blind and print impaired. Contact WTBBL through their website www.wtbbl.org.

The Washington State Library Serves as a vital link between "We the People" and our Government:

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Rand Simmons, Ph.D., Acting Washington State Librarian
rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460
(360) 704-5253