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Olympia Timberland Library

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

Library Manager: Morgan Sohl
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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 - 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

Building:

  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
Reading Explorers- "True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Apr. 246:30 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 "True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi. Refreshments and books will be provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Preschool Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 2510:15 AM
Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available. This is an early learning program.
33 1/3 The Raincoats with Jenn Pelly
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Apr. 257:30 PM
Celebrated music writer Jenn Pelly will speak about her new 33 1/3 series book, "The Raincoats." Events will include a reading, book sales & signing, Q&A, DJ Magic Beans of Strange Babes, and live performances by Tobi Vail, Rachel Carns, and Table Sugar. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Toddler Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Apr. 2610:15 AM
Music, movement, and books for toddlers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services will be available. This is an early learning program.
Celebration of the Species with Amy Trotter!
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Apr. 267:30 PM
Join Amy Trotter and her human companion Lori Stock for a presentation about pigs, a demo of Amy's tricks and skills, Q&A, and photo ops! This program is part of our yearly Celebration of the Species series we host leading up to the Procession of the Species. This program will occur after regular hours and no other library services will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Olympia Timberland Library Family Arts Walk Stop
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Apr. 275:00 PM
Families, stop in to view art installations made by students from Lincoln Options Elementary School and Olympia Regional Learning Academy, catch a performance by the Sambalincolnwa percussion ensemble at 6 p.m., and participate in an art project. Peeps-enthusiasts and artists can mingle, view the winning dioramas, claim their prizes, and enjoy light refreshments at our Peeps diorama awards reception, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This program occurs during and after library hours, and no other library services will be available after 6 p.m.
Family Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Apr. 2811:00 AM
Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. This is an early learning program.
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