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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307
360-352-0595

Library Manager: Donna Feddern
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Hours:

Monday 11 am - 8 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 7 pm
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 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

Building:

  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
Music & Stories with Harmonica Pocket
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 3110:15 AM
U is for Ukulele! The Harmonica Pocket brings the ABCs to life. Favorite nursery rhymes, beloved books and original songs are mixed up with playful skits to celebrate reading and the alphabet. We sing, we rhyme, we pull enormous letters out from under our hats! Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library districtwide program.
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir with Dee Williams
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 317:30 PM
“The Big Tiny” is the story of how one woman built her own house with her own two hands - all 84 square feet of it - and discovered that the important stuff of life isn't stuff. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. This program will take place after regular library hours and no other services will be available. "The Big Tiny is irresistible. Dee Williams is as much fun on the page as she is in person. Comic, silly, and soulful, she takes us on her journey to simplify her life and along the way tunes in to our own inner desire to pare down to our nearly naked selves." -Jim Lynch
Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Aug. 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 listen to "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.
The Zhivago Affair with Peter Finn (via Skype!)
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Aug. 067:30 PM
Author Peter Finn will speak about his book and answer your questions via Skype! Peter Finn is National Security Editor for The Washington Post and previously served as the Post’s bureau chief in Moscow. This program will take place after regular library hours and no other services will be available. “The Zhivago Affair is a sparkling and fascinating account of how one of the most important novels of the 20th century found its way back to Russia, a juggernaut of truth thrust into the Soviet darkness. Peter Finn and Petra Couvée elegantly and authoritatively capture Pasternak’s brilliance, the courage of his friends, and the CIA’s hidden role in bringing the forbidden book to Russian readers.” –David Hoffman, author of “The Dead Head: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy.”
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.