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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
A Sideways Look at Clouds with Maria Mudd Ruth
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jan. 177:30 PM
Curious about clouds? Join Maria Mudd Ruth to explore these shape-shifting natural wonders and learn how to talk about them, how to watch them, and why. This program features a slide presentation, book reading, and Q&A.

Maria Mudd Ruth has been researching, watching, photographing, and blogging about clouds for nearly a decade. She is the author of more than a dozen books on natural history topics for the lay reader. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.
Drop-In Genealogy Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jan. 181:00 PM
Researchers can bring their genealogy questions to get help from members of the Olympia Genealogical Society in the library's meeting room. The Café is held every third Thursday of the month.
PageTurners Book Discussion
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jan. 1910:00 AM
Join in a discussion of "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and
the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Teen Tech Tutors: Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jan. 194:30 PM
Come get answers to basic questions about computers or other electronic devices by working one-on-one with the library’s great teen volunteers on a first come, first served basis. Join us in the meeting room to be assigned a tutor. Call 360-352-0595 or stop by for more information.
Drop-In Genealogy Help
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jan. 201:00 PM
Researchers can bring their genealogy questions to get help from members of the Olympia Genealogical Society at the table in the Genealogy Area. The Café is held every third Saturday of the month.
Zine Club
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jan. 203:00 PM
Come and meet other people that read/make zines! We'll eat snacks, have time for show & tell, work on a collaborative zine, and see what happens! We meet every month on the 3rd Saturday. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Snow Ball: A Library Dance for Teens
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jan. 206:30 PM
13-18 year-olds: Celebrate the chilly winter weather by dressing up in your favorite formal-wear, getting together with your friends, and taking over the library for an after-hours, teens-only dance! You'll have the chance to dance to a hand-picked playlist (requests will be taken!), visit the photo booth with your friends, enjoy a hot chocolate bar, and more! Tickets are free, and can be picked up at the Youth Services Desk starting Saturday, January 6. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This is an after-hours program, no other library services will be available.
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Jan. 2310:15 AM
Books, bounces, music and play for babies and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available. This is an early learning program.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.