Since its creation in 1853, the Washington State Library has made it a priority to provide patrons with access to information and historical publications related to Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
The remarkable progress in technology over the years has allowed people to acquire information and publications faster and easier than ever before. The Washington State Library has embraced technology to make its offerings more accessible to the public. These statistics indicate that. From 2002 to 2009:
• The number of visitors to the State Library has increased by 22 percent, from 370,328 to 451,865.
• The number of books checked out has risen 78.6 percent, from 648,487 to 1,157,992 (in the first six months of 2010, 624,765 books have been checked out).
• State Library Web site usage has skyrocketed up an amazing 1,570 percent, from 33,827 to 564,787 page views (there have been 313,765 page views in the first six months of 2010).