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Olympia Timberland Library

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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307

Library Manager: Donna Feddern
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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 2013:

  • Circulation: 866,186
  • Visits to Library: 470,894
  • Population: 47,500


  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
Lakefair Royalty Crowns and Capes Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 3010:15 AM
Join this year's Olympia Lakefair Royalty Court at the library for a story time and meet-and-greet! Bring a camera for an opportunity to take photos with this year's queen and princesses, who are amazing local high school students. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program. This event occurs before the library opens; no other library services are available.
Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 302:00 PM
Computer beginners are invited to attend this group class and get help from library staff. Get answers to questions you and others bring to the session.
Food & Garden Series: Straw Bale Gardening
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 307:30 PM
Local gardener, Chip Beatty, will teach the innovative method of straw bale gardening which requires no soil or weeding. This program takes place after the library closes. No other library services will be available. This event is part of the Olympia Timberland Library Food & Garden series.
Scavenger Hunt Saturdays
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Aug. 0110:00 AM
Use your search skills to seek out pictures of heroes hidden throughout the library and win a small prize. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Olympia Library.

Superhero Training Academy
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Aug. 0110:00 AM
Calling all Superheroes! Join the librarians at Superhero Headquarters to test your skills, sample super snacks, create super crafts, and play games. Free tickets available at the Olympia Timberland Library youth services desk beginning on July 18. This event is 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., Aug. 041:00 PM
LOCATION: Olympia Senior Center: 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Join in a discussion of "The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat" by Edward Kelsey Moore. Facilitated by Olympia Timberland Library staff. Please call 586-6181 for further details.
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