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Public Records Request

Please note that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,  Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued Proclamation 20-28 , which temporarily prohibits in-person contacts with the public that are required by the Public Records Act (PRA) (RCW 42.56). This proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA’s requirements for agencies to respond to PRA requests for public records within five business days from receipt, and to maintain business hours for public inspection and copying of records for a minimum of 30 hours per week. It is effective from March 24, 2020 until midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date.

The Spokane County Library District will respond as it is able to public records requests submitted via the email address below during the time period that Proclamation 20-28 is in effect.

Spokane County Library District (District) provides access to its public records under the provisions of the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) and the District’s Public Records Policy.

The District makes a variety of records available online, including, but not limited to:

Other records maintained by the District are available for public inspection unless specifically exempted by law. For informational purposes, exemptions are listed in the Public Records Policy.

There is no cost to inspecting public records. Physical or digital copies of records can be provided upon paying associated copying costs, as listed in “Exhibit A” of the Public Records Policy.

Anyone wishing to inspect the District’s public records or seeking assistance in making such a request should contact the District’s Public Records Officer:

Public Records Officer
Spokane County Library District
4322 N Argonne Road
Spokane, WA 99212
Phone: 509.893.8200 / Fax: 509.893.8472
publicrecords@scld.org

Use of the District’s Public Records Request form is the most efficient way to make a request; however, its use isn’t required for a request to be processed. If you don’t use this form, the District needs the following information:

  • Name of requester
  • Address of requester
  • Telephone number of requester
  • E-mail address of requester
  • Identification of the public records adequate to locate the records
  • Whether you wish to inspect the records in person and/or purchase physical or digital copies
  • The date and time of day of the request

The more precisely you can identify the record(s) you seek, the more responsive the District can be. You do not need to state the purpose of your request. However, in an effort to clarify or prioritize a request and provide responsive documents, the Public Records Officer may inquire about the nature or scope of the request.