The Washington State Library in Tumwater will change its public access policies beginning Feb. 1, according to its staff.
The changes include:
▪ The front lobby will become an “information hub” with two computer stations that allow 10 minutes of use, easy hold pickups, and a staff person who can help with quick questions and referrals. Hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
▪ The Reading Room on the second floor will be open by appointment only to people engaged in active and research. Public computer terminals will no longer be available for unlimited use. Appointments to use the library as a quiet place to work or to use the public Wi-Fi will depend on staff availability.
▪ The Reading Room will be configured to designate 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 library will continue to offer reference assistance from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through live chat or email at sos.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx or by phone at 360-704-5200.
The library, part of the Office of Secretary of State, is at 6880 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater. More information can be found at sos.wa.gov/library/.