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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
Ned Hayes - Author Visit
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., May. 057:30 PM
Pacific Northwest author Ned Hayes will join us on his first book tour stop for the new novel "The Eagle Tree," the story of an Olympia boy obsessed by climate change, fighting to save an old growth tree. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.
Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., May. 0612:10 PM
Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. In May, Corey will read two selections from the 2015 Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy: "The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever" by Daniel H. Wilson and "Windows" by Susan Palwick. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.
Free Comic Book Day
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., May. 0711:00 AM
Celebrate the wonderful world of comics and graphic novels at your library and pick up a free comic compliments of Danger Room Comics of Olympia.
Just Add Color
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., May. 0712:00 PM
Do you have a passion for coloring? If so, or if you want to find out, drop in between noon-4 p.m. for a coloring extravaganza! Adults welcome. Supplies, music and light refreshments provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Teen Book Club
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., May. 106:30 PM
Attention 14-18 year old book lovers! Join other biblio-appreciators to discuss books, eat snacks, and hang out. Stop by the library's youth services desk or call 360-352-0595 to sign up and pick up a copy of the book. This month's book selection is "Hyperbole and a Half" by Allie Brosh. Books read in teen book club may contain mature content. Books and snacks are provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Wolves: The Musical
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., May. 118:00 PM
Created for the joy of creation, this all-star local cast lights up the stage with original songs and choreography. Asking the questions "What is the world?" and, "what is life?" and perhaps "what is my place in it all?" This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be provided.
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