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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307
360-352-0595

Library Manager: Donna Feddern
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Hours:

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

Building:

  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
Meet a Hero Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Aug. 0610:15 AM
Olympia is a city with many heroes! Come to story time and meet one while listening to stories about their heroic deeds. This program occurs before the library opens; no other library services are available. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
No Books Allowed: A Comedy Showcase
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Aug. 067:30 PM
Four of Olympia’s best comics, plus one from Tacoma, will make you laugh so hard you’ll beg for mercy. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.
Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Aug. 0712:10 PM
Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. This month Corey will read two stories from a collection of short stories called "Strange Pilgrims" by Gabriel García Marquez, "The Ghosts of August" and "I Only Came to Use the Phone." Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.
Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In Computer Assistance
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Aug. 075:15 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.
Teen Coffee House and Open Mic Night
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Aug. 077:00 PM
Middle and high schoolers: bring your guitar, voice, writing, or any other performance art to the library for an evening of creative sharing. The lights will be low, the coffee will be hot, and the mood will be chill. Come be a performer and wow your friends, or support your peers as an audience member. Teens: sign up for a performance slot at the Youth Services Desk starting July 24. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. The library will only be open to teens for this event. This is an after-hours program, no other library services will be available. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Teen Book Club
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Aug. 116:30 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 July 14 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. 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.