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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307

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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 2014 / Population Estim. 2015:

  • Circulation: 813,808
  • Visits to Library: 470,894
  • Population: 51,020


  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
Book Babies
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Oct. 1310:15 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.
Teen Book Club
Olympia Timberland LibraryTue., Oct. 136:30 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. Books read in teen book club may contain mature content. Books and snacks are provided by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
Preschool Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Oct. 1410:15 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.
Get Ready to Vote: Local Candidates Forum
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Oct. 147:30 PM
Hear City Council candidates Position #1 (Mayor) and Position #2 discuss the issues. Ask questions of the candidates with a facilitated Q&A. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.
Toddler Story Time
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 1510:15 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.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Oct. 151:00 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.
PageTurners Book Discussion
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Oct. 1610:00 AM
Join in the discussion of "The Timberland Writes Together Anthology". This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.
Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In Computer Assistance
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Oct. 164:30 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.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.