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Olympia Timberland Library

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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
Toddler Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Sep. 2110:15 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.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Sep. 211:00 PM
Researchers can bring their genealogy questions to get help from members of the Olympia Genealogical Society in the library's meeting room. The Café is held every third Thursday of the month.
Parenting Workshops: Managing Your Parental Response
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Sep. 217:00 PM
Please join Candyce Bollinger, Parent Educator and Counselor,for a series of Parenting workshops. This week, the topic is Managing Your Parental Response. Candyce will discuss being responsive and intentional vs. reactive. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. This is an adults only program.
Family Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Sep. 2311:00 AM
Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Sep. 2610:15 AM
Books, bounces, music and play for babies and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
Reading Explorers - Stella by Starlight
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Sep. 266:30 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 "Stella by Starlight" by Sharon M. Draper. Refreshments and books will be provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Preschool Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Sep. 2710:15 AM
Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers and their participating caregivers. The program begins before the library opens, no other library services are available.
Author Visit: Nancy Pearl - George and Lizzie
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Sep. 277:30 PM
From "America's librarian" and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl, comes "George and Lizzie," an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. Nancy Pearl has worked as a librarian and a bookseller for more than three decades, is regularly featured on NPR's Morning Edition, and appears weekly on Seattle Public Radio. This event is cosponsored by Browsers Bookshop.
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