313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-1307
Library Manager: Morgan Sohl
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Olympia Library services:
- Books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines for all ages and interests.
- Downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, videos and music.
- Public computers with Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
- Online Reference Databases, including: online magazines and newspapers, encyclopedias, auto manuals, standardized tests.
- Free wireless Internet access
- Programs and events for children and adults.
- A public meeting room can be reserved for community meetings and programs by calling the Library.
- Local Library Board and Friends group - Call the Library for more information.
- Visit the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library website.
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
|Olympia Timberland Library||Thu., Mar. 22||10:15 AM|
|Music, movement, and books for toddlers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services will be available. This is an early learning program.|
|Parenting Your Teen: Discipline|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Thu., Mar. 22||7:00 PM|
|Parent educator and counselor Candyce Lund Bollinger will give parents a clear vision, common goals, and techniques to facilitate healthy discipline. This lecture/workshop is for adults who parent, work with, or interact with teens. This program occurs after the library closes, no other library services will be available. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. |
|Olympia Timberland Library||Sat., Mar. 24||11:00 AM|
|Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. This is an early learning program.|
|Creative U: Writing from the Inside Out - A Poetry Workshop|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Sat., Mar. 24||1:00 PM|
|How do we recall detail from which we craft a poem? Well write descriptions of scenes weve experienced, allowing us to relive our personal history using our senses and memories, applying poetic license for effect. Patrick Dixon is a writer and photographer retired from careers in teaching and commercial fishing. Please bring writing materials. Registration is required and will begin at 10 a.m., March 3.|
|Caught in the Net: An Afternoon of Fisher Poetry|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Sat., Mar. 24||3:30 PM|
|Local poet Patrick Dixon lived and drift-gillnetted for salmon in Alaska for 20 years. He has written about those experiences for 20 more. His poems have been published frequently online, in anthologies, magazines and journals. |
|Olympia Timberland Library||Tue., Mar. 27||10:15 AM|
|Books, bounces, music and play for babies and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available. This is an early learning program.|
|Reading Explorers- "Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters"|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Tue., Mar. 27||6:30 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, so make sure to sign up for this program in advance. Call 360-352-0595 or stop by the Youth Services Desk for more information about registration. This month's book selection is "Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters" by Margaret Dilloway. Refreshments and books will be provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.|