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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 - 5 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
PageTurners Book Discussion, 3rd Friday
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Apr. 1810:00 AM
Join others for a discussion of "The Orphan Master's Son"
by Adam Johnson.
How to Check Out E-books for your Kindle from the Library!
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Apr. 182:00 PM
Learn about the library's e-book collection and how to enjoy it using your Kindle device or the Kindle app. Stop by the library's information services desk or call (360) 352-0595 beginning Friday, April 4 to register. Things to bring to class: your library card or card number, your fully-charged Kindle device, your Amazon account log-in and password, and any cords that came with your device.
Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In Computer Assistance
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Apr. 185:15 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. The library is only open for technology instruction during these times; no other library services will be available.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Apr. 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 Saturday of the month.
CANCELLED Jusby's Crash Course Clown Camp
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Apr. 193:00 PM
Students age 7 through 17 will learn the basics of clowning from a professional clown-educator. Participants can try classic clown tricks and discover their first clown characters. The class will conclude with a performance for Spring Arts Walk on April 25. Participation in all three sessions is strongly encouraged. Sign up beginning March 29 at the Olympia Youth Services desk, or call (360) 352-0595. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
The Uncluded: LIVE at the Library
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Apr. 228:30 PM
The Uncluded is the magnificent result of a collaboration between Olympia's own Kimya Dawson and hip hop artist Ian Bavitz, aka Aesop Rock. At this special library event, Aesop and Kimya will perform music from their debut album, Hokey Fright. This event takes place after normal library hours, and will be open only for the program.
Celebration of the Species - Bats
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 237:30 PM
Greg Falxa of Cascadia Research has been studying bats in the Pacific Northwest since 2001. With photographs and recordings from his field research, Falxa will focus on eleven species found in the Puget Sound area, including examples of their echolocation calls, habitat requirements, and what we can do to help protect bats from further decline. A Q&A will follow. This is the third of a four-part series to celebrate Olympia's Procession of the Species. This program will occur after library hours and no other services will be available.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.