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Olympia Timberland Library

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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307

Library Manager: Morgan Sohl
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Monday 11 am - 8 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 7 pm
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday Closed

Olympia Library services:

About the Library:

In November 2013 the City of Olympia installed 33 solar panels on the Olympia Library rooftop.  See more information about the solar panels including real time usage data.

In December of 1896, the Women’s Club of Olympia established a library service with “reading matter” donated by citizens. In March 1909, the city offered to take over the collection of some 900 volumes and maintain a public library.

The Olympia library was housed in a Carnegie building at 7th and Franklin until 1978 when a new library was built and opened at 8th and Franklin.  Olympia joined the Timberland library district in 1968.

The library underwent extensive remodels in 2000 and 2008.  In 2000, the building was recarpeted and painted; a meeting room was converted to additional space for the children's area; and new public computers, computer stations, a teen area and shelving for about 10,000 additional items were added.  In 2008, the circulation and information desks were replaced, the building was recarpeted and painted in bright, warm colors, the lounge furniture was replaced, and the computer stations were refurbished. 

Statistics 2015 / Population Estim. 2015:

  • Circulation: 773,515
  • Visits to Library: 440,502
  • Population: 51,020


  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
Housing Feral Bees: Keeping it Wild - How and Why
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Feb. 107:30 PM
Learn how to grow genetically diverse honey bees with Heather Wood of Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctuary. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available.
Toddler Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Feb. 1110:15 AM
Join in a program of simple stories, rhymes, songs and movement games that children and adults can enjoy together. Adults must accompany toddlers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services will be available.
Teen Murder Mystery Mayhem
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Feb. 136:00 PM
Come for a night of malicious murder mystery mayhem! Can you be the one to solve the mystery and save the day? For one night only, the library will be only open to teens. Arrive in your finest dinner party attire, and be prepared for delicious food, clues, nefarious characters, and only one correct solution. After you solve the case, we'll be watching a mysterious movie to stay in the whodunit mood! Register starting January 30th by stopping by the Youth Services Desk or calling 360-352-0595. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Feb. 1610:15 AM
Discover the joy of early language with your baby. Each baby must be accompanied by an adult lap. After the program, adults can visit while babies play with toys and sturdy books. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.