Olympia Timberland Library


Stephanie Hope-Cochran
Library Manager

Services Provided: Except for computer users, all patrons should limit their visit to 15 minutes or less
Starting March 8: Library Takeout window service, Self-Checkout
Starting March 15: Self-service copy/scan/fax, Limited browsing
Starting March 25: Accepting computer reservations only
Starting April 1: Computer access by reservation only
Starting April 5: Lucky Day, New fiction, and Non-fiction browsing
Schedule: Monday - Saturday
Hours: Hours for vulnerable patrons: 10 - 11 am
11 am to 6 pm
Return Hours: 24/7
Call: 360-352-0595

Please physically distance from others in line. Masks are required.

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. 

2019 Olympia Library Refresh:

After closing for two months during the winter of 2019, Olympia Timberland Library re-opened to the public in February 2020.

This renovation closure was the result of library space planning that had been in process for a few years. Timberland staff and management reviewed the physical layout of the city-owned building and identified changes that could be accomplished to better serve library patrons, while making sure all public space is ADA accessible.

Click HERE to view before & after images or wach the video below.


  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19,606