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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
Family Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Feb. 2511:00 AM
Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Author Visit: Alexander Boldizar - The Ugly
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Feb. 252:00 PM
Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth is a 300-pound boulder-throwing mountain man from Siberia. When his tribal homeland is stolen by an American lawyer, he must learn how to throw words instead of boulders. Alexander Boldizar was the first post-independence Slovak citizen to graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. For several years, an online Korean dictionary had him listed as its entry for "ugly."
An Evening at Hogwarts
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Feb. 256:00 PM
6th-12th grade Harry Potter enthusiasts -- come to the library for an after-hours evening of teen-only Harry Potter festivities! Throughout the evening, you'll have the opportunity to create whimsical potions bottles, visit Ollivanders and put together your very own magic wand, show off your Hogwarts pride with accessories in House colors, feast upon wizard-licious snacks, and participate in House Cup competitions. Attending in costume is highly encouraged! Space is limited -- register beginning February 11 by calling 360-352-0595 or stopping by the Youth Services Desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This program occurs after hours and no other services will be available.
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Feb. 2810:15 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.
Reading Explorers: The Westing Game
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Feb. 286:30 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 “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin. Refreshments and books will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Preschool Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Mar. 0110:15 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: Planet Science
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Mar. 014:00 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 month Idea Hatch brings Planet Science to the library! Build on an earthquake table, and explore AR topography! Navigate with robots, and paint with earth pigments! Discover dinosaur fossils and create waves! 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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