Round corner Round corner
Library Collection
Parents & Caregivers
Round corner Round corner

Olympia Timberland Library

Round bottom

Suggested Type Size Largest Type Size Bookmark and Share


313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307

Library Manager: Morgan Sohl
View Map        


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
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Jan. 1710:15 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.
Preschool Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jan. 1810:15 AM
Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
The Hidden Lives of Owls with Author Leigh Calvez
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jan. 187:30 PM
Scientist and nature writer Leigh Calvez pursued eleven different owl species of the Pacific Northwest for her book "The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds." Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible through the stories of the people who are obsessed with these birds and her own avian adventures in the field. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other services will be available.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jan. 191:00 PM
Researchers can bring their genealogy questions to get help from members of the Olympia Genealogical Society in the library's meeting room. The Café is held every third Thursday of the month.
PageTurners Book Discussion
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jan. 2010:00 AM
Join in a discussion of "This is Your Life, Harriet Chance" by Johnathan Evison.
Teen Tech Tutors: Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jan. 204:30 PM
Learn basic computer skills by working one-on-one with the library's great teen volunteers. Tutors are available on a first come, first served basis. Call 360-352-0595 or stop by for more information.
Family Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jan. 2111:00 AM
Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Zine Club
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jan. 213:30 PM
Come and meet other people that read/make zines! We'll eat snacks, have time for show & tell, work on a collaborative zine, and see what happens! We meet every month on the 3rd Saturday. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
More Events...

Round corner Round corner
Skip Navigation Links
704-INFO (360.704.4636) in the Olympia area or 1.800.562.6022
Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.