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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307

Library Manager: Donna Feddern
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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 2013:

  • Circulation: 866,186
  • Visits to Library: 470,894
  • Population: 47,500


  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
Giant Book Sale
Olympia Timberland LibrarySun., May. 311:00 PM
The Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library will hold a Giant Book Sale Sunday, May 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. Proceeds help support programs and services not covered in the library's regular budget.
Mitchell S. Jackson - The Residue Years
Olympia Timberland LibraryMon., Jun. 016:30 PM
"It's so tough to write beautifully about ugly things but Mitchell S. Jackson makes it look easy. "The Residue Years" is the story of a man and woman trying their best to overcome the enormous hurdles life has put in front of them, two portraits of the courageous battle to simply do one's best." Victor LaValle.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
PageTurners Book Discussion @ Olympia Senior Center
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Jun. 021:00 PM
LOCATION: Olympia Senior Center: 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join in a discussion of "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood " by Alexandra Fuller. Attendees will vote on titles to be read in 2016. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff. Please call 586-6181 for further details.
Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jun. 032:00 PM
Computer beginners are invited to attend this group class and get help from library staff. Get answers to questions you and others bring to the session.
Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jun. 0512:10 PM
Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. Listen Here stories for June will be by Ron Rash from his book "Burning Bright". The stories are 'Burning Bright' and 'Falling Star.' Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.
Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In Computer Assistance
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jun. 055:15 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. After closing at 6 p.m., the library is only open for technology instruction; no other library services will be available.
Olympia Comics Festival Preview Night!
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jun. 057:00 PM
Come and celebrate the 15th annual Olympia Comics Festival, an event centered on alternative, arts-for-arts-sake comic books! Watch this year's Guests Of Honor, Farel Dalrymple, Jason Little, and Eric Shanower, present their work, take audience questions, and sign copies of their books! This event 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.