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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 - 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

Building:

  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Oct. 2110:15 AM
Discover the joy of early language with your baby. Each baby must be accompanied by an adult lap. After the program, adults can visit while babies play with toys and sturdy books. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
Toddler Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Oct. 2210:15 AM
Join in a program of simple stories, rhymes, songs and movement games that children and adults can enjoy together. Adults must accompany toddlers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services will be available.
Author Visit: Jo Robinson, "Eating on the Wild Side"
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Oct. 227:30 PM
Author Jo Robinson of Vashon Island will present a program on the foods we buy, grow and eat, and how we can do better, based on her book “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health.” An engaging trove of information, it is easily digested and relevant to our Northwest culture and climate. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, Timberland Regional Library's one book-one community reading initiative for 2014.
Preschool Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 2310:15 AM
Join in a program of stories, rhymes, songs and movement games. Parents or caregivers are welcome to attend with their children. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
The Sweet Side of Chemistry
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 233:30 PM
Stop by the library’s meeting room anytime between 3:30 and 5 p.m. for a chemistry workshop. Students from The Evergreen State College join Professor Darshi Bopegedera to bring science up close and personal.
Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In Computer Assistance
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Oct. 245:15 PM
Learn basic computer skills by working one-on-one with the library's great teen volunteers during after-hours drop-in sessions. Tutors are available on a first come, first served basis. Call 352-0595 or stop by for more information. After closing at 6 p.m., the library is only open for technology instruction; no other library services will be available.
Beginning Genealogy Workshop
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Oct. 259:00 AM
Olympia Genealogical Society members will help workshop participants gain the skills they need to begin their family history research. Participants should check in at 9 a.m., before the library opens, at the 9th and Adams Exit Only doors to the library in the SE corner of the parking lot. Registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted. Register online, in person, or by phone at 360-352-0595 beginning Tuesday, October 14.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.