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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
Author Visit: Molly Wizenberg
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Sep. 187:30 PM
Visit with Molly Wizenberg, the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times, for a chat about her latest book, Delancey. “No one ever said that marriage is easy, and if they did, they probably weren’t in the process of opening a restaurant with their spouse. Add grueling physical labor, financial strain, and the challenges of hiring a staff to that already formidable mix and you have Delancey.” This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library.
PageTurners Book Discussion, 3rd Fridays
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Sep. 1910:00 AM
Join in a discussion of "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Sep. 201:00 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.
Understanding Psychological Depression at All Stages of Life
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Sep. 247:30 PM
This talk will give an overview of what depression looks like across the lifespan, factors that influence this experience, and ideas for what to do when you see it, or feel it. Speaker, Dr. Aaron Belz is a licensed clinical psychologist with ten years experience working with youth as well as in private practice. This program will occur after regular 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.