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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
Teen Tech Tutors: Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Apr. 294:30 PM
Learn basic computer skills by working one-on-one with the library's great teen volunteers during after-hours drop-in sessions. Tutors are available on a first come, first served basis. Call 352-0595 or stop by for more information.
CANCELLED - Comic Book Sale
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Apr. 3010:00 AM
The Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library have cancelled this Comic Book Sale - Saturday, April 30.
Award-Winning New York Saxophonist Daniel Bennett in Concert
Olympia Timberland LibraryMon., May. 026:30 PM
The Daniel Bennett Group is performing a special Washington CD release concert in celebration of their newest album, "The Mystery At Clown Castle." Manhattan-based saxophonist Daniel Bennett performs modern jazz fused with elements of American folk and experimental classical music. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
PageTurners Book Discussion @ Olympia Senior Center
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., May. 031:00 PM
LOCATION: Olympia Senior Center: 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join in a discussion of "Dreams of My Russian Summers" by Andrei Makine. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff. Please call 586-6181 for further details.
Open Book Club @ Obsidian
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., May. 038:00 PM
LOCATION: Obsidian, 414 4th Ave E, Olympia. Join other book lovers for a discussion of anything we've been reading! Ages 18+ are welcome. Meets every 1st Tuesday of the month. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff.
Ned Hayes - Author Visit
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., May. 057:30 PM
Pacific Northwest author Ned Hayes will join us on his first book tour stop for the new novel "The Eagle Tree," the story of an Olympia boy obsessed by climate change, fighting to save an old growth tree. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.