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
|Beginning Genealogy Workshop|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Sat., Oct. 29||9:00 AM|
|Olympia Genealogical Society members will help workshop participants gain the skills they need to begin their family history research. Participants should check in at 9 a.m., before the library opens, at the 9th and Adams Exit Only doors to the library in the SE corner of the parking lot. Registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted. Register online, in person, or by phone at 360-352-0595 beginning Monday, October 17.|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Tue., Nov. 01||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.|
|PageTurners Book Discussion @ Olympia Senior Center|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Tue., Nov. 01||1:00 PM|
|LOCATION: Olympia Senior Center: 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join in a discussion of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff. Please call 360-586-6181 for further details.|
|Open Book Club|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Tue., Nov. 01||8:00 PM|
|LOCATION: Obsidian, 414 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.|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Wed., Nov. 02||10:15 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 & Create Club: Tech-Stravaganza!|
|Olympia Timberland Library||Wed., Nov. 02||4:00 PM|
|1st-5th graders: bring your imagination and inquisitive nature to the library for an afternoon of building and exploring science, technology and art. This week, come play with a veritable smorgasbord of fun techy toys! Kids will have a hands-on chance to try out Squishy Circuits, Ozobots, Dash and Dot Robots, Makey Makey Invention Kits, WeDo, and more! 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.|