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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
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Aug. 171:00 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.
Special Naturalization Ceremony
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Aug. 172:00 PM
LOCATION: Minneart Performing Arts Center, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia (South Puget Sound Community College campus) Legal Permanent Residents will take the oath of United States citizenship at a ceremony conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Check-in starts at 1:15 p.m.; the ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Derik Nelson & Family will perform the national anthem. This program is a partnership between USCIS, the Thurston County Auditors office and Timberland Regional Library.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Aug. 181:00 PM
Drop off your stuffed animal at the library between 1-5 p.m. Come back at 11 a.m. on Saturday to pick up your stuffed animal friend, find out what mischief they got into during their sleepover, and participate in a storytime! Register starting August 4 by calling 360-352-0595 or stopping by the Youth Services Desk. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Family Storytime
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Aug. 1911:00 AM
Music, movement, and books for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Genealogy Café
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Aug. 191:00 PM
Researchers can bring their genealogy questions to get help from members of the Olympia Genealogical Society at the table in the Genealogy Area. The Café is held every third Saturday of the month.
Zine Club
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Aug. 193:00 PM
Come and meet other people that read/make zines! We'll eat snacks, have time for show & tell, work on a collaborative zine, and see what happens! We meet every month on the 3rd Saturday. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
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