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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
Ira Coyne Library Sign Unveiling
Olympia Timberland LibraryMon., Apr. 2710:45 AM
Local sign painter, Ira Coyne, has created a beautiful new sign for the library's entrance. Join Mayor Stephen Buxbaum and library staff for the official unveiling. Refreshments will be provided.
Open Book Club: Read-by-Theme & Discuss
Olympia Timberland LibraryMon., Apr. 276:30 PM
This book club has a plot twist--read anything in the realm of this month's theme, then come to the meeting to share and hear from others, and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. Pick up reading suggestions for the month at the Information Desk. April's theme is your favorite person's favorite book(s).
Reading Explorers
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Apr. 286:30 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 to 15 attendees. Please register by calling 352-0595 or stopping by the youth desk starting on April 1. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 292:00 PM
Are you a computer beginner? Come to this drop-in class and get help from library staff. Learn the answers to questions that you and others bring to the session.
The Bug Chicks: Adventures with Bugs!
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 294:30 PM
The Bug Chicks are two entomologists who teach about the incredible world of insects, spiders and their relatives! Get up-close and personal with live bugs as you learn about their behavior, biology and their importance for our planet. Turn fear into fascination with this unforgettable insect experience. 6-12 year-olds can register starting April 15 by stopping by the youth desk, calling 360-352-0595, or going to Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library.
Celebration of the Species - Feathers: Form and Function
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 297:30 PM
Chris Maynard will speak about his book "Feathers: Form and Function," sharing a visual feather feast, artistic musings, and an abundance of information and stories about feathers. This program is part of our yearly "Celebration of the Species" series in homage to Olympia's yearly Procession of the Species event and the animals it honors. This program will be held after hours and no other library services will be available.
Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., May. 0112:10 PM
Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. This month Snow will read two stories by Ursula K. Le Guin,"Mazes" and "The Water is Wide." Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.
Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In Computer Assistance
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., May. 015:15 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.
Free Comic Book Day
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., May. 0211:00 AM
Celebrate the wonderful world of comics and graphic novels at your library and pick up a free comic compliments of Danger Room Comics of Olympia.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.