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Olympia Timberland Library

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313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA  98501-1307
360-352-0595

Library Manager: Morgan Sohl
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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 2015 / Population Estim. 2015:

  • Circulation: 773,515
  • Visits to Library: 440,502
  • Population: 51,020

Building:

  • Status: Annexed city, city-owned building
  • Square Footage: 19606
UPCOMING LIBRARY EVENTS
Preschool Stories and Art
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jul. 2510:15 AM
Stories, songs, and activities for preschoolers and their participating caregivers. Following each storytime, children can work on a fun activity in the meeting room! Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event occurs before regular library hours, and no other library services will be available. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Game Time: Board and Card Games
Olympia Timberland LibraryWed., Jul. 252:00 PM
Come play at the library. Games for preschoolers, elementary schoolers, and their families will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party Show
Olympia Timberland LibraryThu., Jul. 2610:15 AM
Translated from Caribbean English, Pan Leggo means “steel drum party.” Ian shares the joy of exploring other cultures through music by recounting this quirky musical journey. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This program occurs before library hours, no other library services are available. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Scavenger Hunt
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jul. 27All Day
Hunt through the library for hidden treasures -- find them all and win a prize! Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Teen Tech Tutors: Drop-In Computer Help
Olympia Timberland LibraryFri., Jul. 274:30 PM
Come get answers to basic questions about computers or other electronic devices by working one-on-one with the library’s great teen volunteers on a first come, first served basis. Join us in the meeting room to be assigned a tutor. Call 360-352-0595 or stop by for more information.
Scavenger Hunt
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 28All Day
Hunt through the library for hidden treasures -- find them all and win a prize! Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.
Creative U: Fungi as Building Materials
Olympia Timberland LibrarySat., Jul. 282:00 PM
Join members of the Olympia Mycelial Network and learn how to use fungi as a building material! Bring a stuffed animal or a hard object under 2 square feet & we'll use it as a template to grow mushrooms into that shape! Registration is required and will begin at 10 a.m. on July 14.
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Timberland Regional Library serves Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties in Western Washington State.