OLYMPIA — With a few strokes of his pen, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2015 into law Tuesday. The measure authorizes the Office of the Secretary of State to construct a new Library-Archives Building to preserve historical documents and records.
“When this building is completed, it will not only house the Washington State Library and Washington State Archives, but the Elections Division, Corporations and Charities Division, and Community Programs Division of my office,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “It’s fortunate, too, since the current Archives building has been over capacity since 2006 and the Library is presently housed in a leased office building. The new building will house and protect public records, many of which are irreplaceable historic documents, in a facility that meets or exceeds modern archival standards.”
To help pay for the new building, the Office of the Secretary of State will collect an additional $2 fee on documents recorded with counties. That extra fee will go away once the building is paid for. The $108 million building in the South Campus area will collocate Secretary of State divisions that are currently leasing facilities in and around Olympia, and provide protected storage and public access to invaluable State Library collections and State Archives records.
Washington’s Office of Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.