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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
Reptile Man
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jun. 3010:15 AM
See reptiles from around the world with Zoologist Scott Petersen. You will meet turtles, an iguana, an alligator and a bunch of snakes, and learn about their importance to the balance of nature. Some animals will be available for petting after the performance. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event occurs before the library opens; no other services are available. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jul. 0112:10 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 Snow will read two selections from Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, a collection of stories celebrating the trailblazers of domestic suspense fiction. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.
Wacky Fitness Hunt
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 0210:00 AM
Bend, balance, climb, and crawl your way to fun at the library’s fitness hunt. Test your strength and flexibility, and step up your game. Find all the hidden fitness activities and win a prize! Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
8th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 021:00 PM
Celebrate International Zine Month! Join zinesters worldwide in the 24 Hour Zine Thing project by creating a zine from start to finish in one day, or contributing 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, and a copy machine. Feel free to bring interesting materials to use or share. All ages and levels welcome. Snacks and supplies will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
PageTurners Book Discussion @ Olympia Senior Center
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Jul. 051:00 PM
LOCATION: Olympia Senior Center: 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join in a discussion of "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff. Please call 586-6181 for further details.
Open Book Club
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Jul. 058:00 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.
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