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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
Preschool Story and Craft Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jul. 2710:15 AM
Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. Parents or caregivers are welcome to attend with their children. Following each storytime, children can work on a fun craft in the meeting room! The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
LEGO® Builder Studio
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jul. 271:00 PM
Drop in to the library's meeting room for a casual, fun afternoon of building. Work with friends to create a masterpiece or build solo, your choice! LEGO® bricks are provided. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Vikki Gasko Green - Ventriloquist & Puppets
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 2810:15 AM
Jump on board for a Global Safari - a magical, geographical adventure with ventriloquist Vikki and her cast of critters. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event occurs before the library opens; no other services are available. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.