The changes include:
- The library’s front lobby will become an “information hub” featuring two computer stations that allow 10 minutes of use, easy hold pickups and a State Library staff person who can help with quick questions and referrals. The hub’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
- The library’s Reading Room on the second floor will be open by appointment only to people engaged in active collection usage and research. Public computer terminals will no longer be available for unlimited use. Appointments to use the library for a quiet place to work or to use the public Wi-Fi will be available depending on staff availability.
- The Reading Room will be configured to include designated space for collaboration and research appointments.
- Library subject specialists will be available by appointment to consult on research topics including federal, state and local government, Pacific Northwest history, and genealogy.
The State Library will continue to offer reference assistance weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the “Ask a Librarian” live chat, e-mail at https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx or by phone at 360-704-5200.
The State Library, part of the Office of Secretary of State, is located at 6880 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater.