The Washington State Library is a state-funded library open to all members of the general public. Its collections focus on Washington state and Pacific Northwest history and culture, state and federal government publications, and family history and genealogy. As part of its mission, the State Library also provides financial and technical support for public and school libraries across the state. The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library in Seattle, and branch libraries in Washington State prisons, mental hospitals, and state agencies provide valuable services to the state’s specialized populations. The State Library has been a division of the Office of the Secretary of State since 2002.
In addition to resources housed in the physical library building, which is located in Tumwater, the State Library has many digital collections of primary source materials: manuscripts, photos, journals, etc. that can be accessed from the Library's website.
In addition, the State Library funds a statewide subscription to the Microsoft IT Academy, providing FREE access to hundredes of online courses supporting computing IT, and digital literacy for all residents of Washington state. Free or deeply discounted Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is available to those participating in the Microsoft IT Academy.