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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
Toddler Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Mar. 3010:15 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.
Family Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Apr. 0111:00 AM
Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
A Willful Deceit: A Murder Mystery
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Apr. 016:30 PM
Teens ages 13-18: Wear all black and come to the library for an after-hours evening of murder mystery mayhem! A wealthy old woman named Edith has died under mysterious circumstances, and you are attending the funeral. Can your team figure out what happened? Be prepared for delicious food, clues, nefarious characters, and only one correct solution. After you solve the case, we'll watch a movie on the big screen! Register starting March 18 by stopping by the Youth Services Desk or calling 360-352-0595. This program occurs after normal library hours and no other services will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Apr. 0410:15 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.
PageTurners Book Discussion @ Olympia Senior Center
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Apr. 041:00 PM
LOCATION: Olympia Senior Center: 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join in a discussion of "Please Look After Mom" by Kyung-Sook Shin. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff. Please call 360-586-6181 for further details.
Peeps Diorama Making Studio
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Apr. 042:00 PM
Your mission: to create a scene from one of your favorite books using marshmallow Peeps as your primary characters. Bring a shoebox and any of your favorite art supplies, and drop in between the hours of 2 and 7 p.m. to get started on your diorama. The library will provide Peeps, art supplies, and a limited quantity of shoeboxes. Pick up rules and an entry form for the contest at one of the library's information desks. Submissions will be accepted from April 1 to 13. Cast a vote for your favorite diorama between April 15 and April 27. Winners will be showcased at our Arts Walk event on April 28. Fortune and fame await you... don't delay - grab a "Peeps" of the action! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Open Book Club
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Apr. 048:00 PM
LOCATION: Le Voyeur, 404 4th Ave E, Olympia. Join other book lovers for a discussion of anything we've been reading! Ages 18+ are welcome. Meets every 1st Tuesday of the month. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff.
Preschool Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 0510:15 AM
Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
Explore and Create Club
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 054:00 PM
1st-5th graders: bring your imagination and inquisitive nature to the library for an afternoon of building and exploring science, technology and art. To register, please call 360-352-0595 or stop by the Youth Services Desk. Registration begins two weeks prior to the program date. This program is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland library.
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