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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
Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Mar. 052:00 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.
LEGO® Challenge
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Mar. 054:00 PM
LEGO® engineers 7-12 years-old! Don’t miss this LEGO Building Challenge, Wednesday, March 4 or Thursday, March 5. Space is limited -- register for either Wednesday or Thursday's challenge beginning February 18 by calling 360-352-0595 or stopping by the Youth Services Desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. Special thanks to Noel's House of Bricks for providing LEGO bricks.
Author Visit - Ann Pancake
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Mar. 057:30 PM
In her acclaimed 2007 novel, "Strange As This Weather Has Been," author Ann Pancake focused on the practice of mountaintop removal and its effects on a single family. In a new collection of novellas and stories, “Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley,” Ann Pancake returns to her native West Virginia to tell stories of other folks facing similar difficulties.
Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing.
This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available.
Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Mar. 0612:10 PM
Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination. In March, Corey will be reading "The Bravest Rat in Venice" and "The Hand" by Patricia Highsmith.
Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In Computer Assistance
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Mar. 065:15 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.
PAWS to R.E.A.D.
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Mar. 0711:00 AM
The dogs are coming! Kids can make a new friend by reading aloud to a friendly dog. Families are invited to meet the dogs of PAWS to R.E.A.D. Pet Partners of Olympia and their handlers. This event is part of the Family Read & Sing Aloud, a Timberland Regional Library districtwide program. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Free PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep Class
Olympia Timberland LibraryMon., Mar. 097:00 PM
Free PSAT, SAT and ACT prep offered on select Mondays at 7 p.m. from February 2nd to April 20th. These workshops are appropriate for high school Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors aiming to improve their skills in the contact and test-taking strategies for the SAT or ACT. Bring your calculator and test prep books if you have them. A full schedule of planned topics will be emailed to participants after the first class. Diane Carney is the owner and director of The Smart Barn in Olympia, with over 15 years of experience in one-to-one tutoring, test prep, and teaching.
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Mar. 1010:15 AM
Discover the joy of early language with your baby. Each baby must be accompanied by an adult lap. After the program, adults can visit while babies play with toys and sturdy books. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
Teen Book Club
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Mar. 106:30 PM
Attention 14-18 year old book lovers! Join other biblio-appreciators to discuss books, eat snacks, and hang out. Stop by the library's youth services desk or call 360-352-0595 beginning February 10 to sign up and pick up a copy of the book. Books read in teen book club may contain mature content. Books are provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Toddler Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Mar. 1110:15 AM
Join in a program of simple stories, rhymes, songs and movement games that children and adults can enjoy together. Adults must accompany toddlers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services will be available.
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