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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
PageTurners Book Discussion @ Olympia Senior Center
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Jul. 071:00 PM
LOCATION: Olympia Senior Center: 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join in a discussion of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff. Please call 586-6181 for further details.
Author Visit: Lois Leveen
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Jul. 076:30 PM
Who loved Juliet more than Romeo? Award-winning Northwest author Lois Leveen discusses her new novel, "Juliet's Nurse." The book imagines the 14 years leading up to the events in "Romeo and Juliet." Whether you're a Shakespeare buff or don't remember a thing about the play, the characters and story will draw you in. Leveen’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and on NPR.
LEGO® Builder Studio
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jul. 081:00 PM
Drop in to the library's meeting room for a casual, fun afternoon of building. Work with friends to create a masterpiece or build solo, your choice! LEGO® bricks are provided. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Brian Waite Band
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 0910:15 AM
Rock’em City is teeming with bad guys. And they’re stealing MUSIC! You gotta come help. Get on your super duds, grab your pals and come help knock the socks off these music thieves.
This event occurs before the library opens, no other library services will be available. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
FanatiCon 2015
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jul. 107:00 PM
LOCATION: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market Street SW, Tumwater, WA 98501. Put on your best cosplay and get down to the Tumwater Timberland Library for FanatiCon 2015, a geeky celebration of all fandoms. At this exclusive, after-hours event, middle-schoolers and high-schoolers will watch clips of their favorite shows and movies, compete in a cosplay fashion show, and explore pop culture through a variety of games, crafts and activities. Refreshments will be provided. This program is free; pick up your tickets beginning the first day of Summer Reading. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater, Lacey, and Olympia Timberland Libraries. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Scavenger Hunt Saturdays
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 1110:00 AM
Use your search skills to seek out pictures of heroes hidden throughout the library and win a small prize. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Olympia Library.

7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 112:00 PM
The challenge: Make a 24-page zine from idea to completion in 24 hours. Make your own zine about whatever suits you, or contribute to a collaborative zine on a theme that wins the popular vote. Drop in to the meeting room to use provided supplies, including typewriters, long-armed staplers, recycled magazines, Print Gocco, and copy machines. Feel free to bring interesting materials to use or share. All ages and levels welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Zine Reading Thing
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 116:30 PM
As part of the 7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing, there will be a Zine Reading Thing in the atrium after the library closes. Come hear special guest zinesters read their work, or share from your own 24-Hour Zine Thing creation! The featured readers for the night are Dreamboat Annie, Sage Adderley, Carrie Born, and Alice Wynne.
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