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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307
360-352-0595

Library Manager: Morgan Sohl
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Hours:

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

Building:

  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
Preschool Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Oct. 1810:15 AM
Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
Fellowship of Fans: YouTube
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Oct. 184:00 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 YouTube! 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.
CIELO and Immigrant Stories of Olympia with Charo Garcia de Portaro
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Oct. 187:30 PM
Charo Garcia de Portaro will share her own story of immigration to the Olympia community and talk about her work with CIELO Programs. CIELO, Integral Latino Educational Center of Olympia, promotes community, self-sufficiency and leadership of Latin@s and other underserved people in the South Puget Sound area with educational and mental health services, and social and cultural activities. This program is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound. Spanish interpretation will be available.
CIELO e historias de inmigrantes de Olympia con Charo García de Portaro - Charo García de Portaro narrará su propia historia de inmigración con la comunidad de Olympia y hablará acerca de su trabajo con los programas CIELO. CIELO, Integral Latino Educational Center of Olympia, promueve comunidad, autosuficiencia y liderazgo de hispanos y otras poblaciones marginadas en la zona de South Puget Sound con servicios educacionales y de salud mental, así como con actividades sociales y culturales. El programa es copatrocinado por Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound. Habrá interpretación al español disponible. This is part of Timberland Reads Together, an annual Timberland Regional Library program.
Special Event : Toddler Yoga Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 1910:15 AM
Music, movement, and books for toddlers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services will be available.
Toddler Yoga Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 1910:15 AM
Toddlers and their caregivers: Join local yoga teacher Aly Long for a special Yoga Storytime! Wear clothing you can move in. This event occurs before the library opens, no other library services will be available.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 191:00 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.
Parenting Workshops: Anger
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 197:00 PM
Please join Candyce Bollinger, Parent Educator and Counselor,for a series of Parenting workshops. This week, the topic is Anger. Candyce will help parents understand anger, as well as learn tools to manage anger in themselves and their children.The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. This is an adults only program.
PageTurners Book Discussion
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Oct. 2010:00 AM
Join in a discussion of "The Secret Chord" by Geraldine Brooks.
Teen Tech Tutors: Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Oct. 204:30 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.
Family Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Oct. 2111:00 AM
Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Oct. 211:00 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., Oct. 213:00 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.
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Oct. 2410:15 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.
Reading Explorers - All's Faire in Middle School
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Oct. 246:30 PM
Join a book discussion group for kids, ages 9-12. The group's mission: finding and talking about books impossible to put down! Space is limited, so make sure to sign up for this program in advance. Call 360-352-0595 or stop by the Youth Services Desk for more information about registration. This month's book selection is "All's Faire in Middle School" by Victoria Jamieson. Refreshments and books will be provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
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