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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
PageTurners Book Discussion
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Dec. 1510:00 AM
Join in a discussion of "War and Turpentine" by Stefan Hertsmans.
Teen Tech Tutors: Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Dec. 154:30 PM
Learn basic computer skills by working one-on-one with the library's great teen volunteers. Tutors are available on a first come, first served basis. Call 360-352-0595 or stop by for more information.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Dec. 161:00 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., Dec. 163:00 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.
BiblioBall 2017: Folksy Frolic
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Dec. 166:30 PM
The Olympia Timberland Library is always Olympia's living room -- but for one magical night we are transforming it into Olympia's Ballroom! Kids, teens, families, seniors -- everyone is welcome to join us for a magical evening of live music, dancing, refreshments, and activities galore. We encourage you to attend dressed as your favorite book character or in your finest formal-wear, and pose in our glamorous photo booth. This year's musical entertainment will be provided by the Bow Weevils, a local youth string band. Celebrate the winter season in style at the Olympia Timberland Library. Pick up your free tickets beginning December 2 at the Youth Services Desk. This program is after hours, and no other library services will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Fellowship of Fans: Star Wars
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Dec. 204:00 PM
Youth in grades 3 through 7: come nerd out! We promise food, fun, and friends for all fans who come. This month is a celebration of all things Star Wars! Costumes are encouraged. Register beginning two weeks prior to the event by calling 360-352-0595, or by stopping by the Youth Desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
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