The Olympia Mountaineers

Branch Librarian: Maxine Dunkelman
360-786-6512 (8 am to 8 pm)

Our library collection consists of around 1400 titles, including books, maps, games, picture puzzles, atlases, DVDs, CDs, and videos. Subject areas include: biking; hiking; climbing rock, ice, and glaciers; backpacking; snowshoeing; backcountry skiing; sea kayaking; whitewater boating; running; caving; natural history; environmental issues; fitness and training; first aid; photography; and some history and cultural information relevant to the Pacific Northwest. For the various activities, there are books on where to go (both in the United States and in foreign countries) and how to do it, as well as histories and stories. We have a good selection of books for children to read and books about doing activities with children. We have virtually all the books published by Mountaineers Books and by many other publishers.

How do I get a book, map, video or bear-resistant food container?

To check out a book, you can either go to the Library at Maxine Dunkelman's house (see below) or she might meet you somewhere with the books you want. You can also arrange for Maxine to bring your book requests to the next Mountaineer event. Call or email to arrange a time and place. You can usually keep the books for a couple of months. Feel free to take the books on your next trip, just protect them in a good waterproof bag. Books may be returned at a potluck, to Maxine at her house or at The Bike Stand / Centro - just have staff place in decorated box marked "The Mountaineers" behind the cashier with your name on the item.

How do I get a projector and/or the laptop?

Two digital projectors and a laptop computer are available for course use and for potluck presentations. To borrow a projector or the laptop, contact Maxine Dunkelman, the librarian, (8 am to 8 pm) by email with the following information: which pieces of equipment, date of presentation, date want to pick up, date that can be returned, location of presentation, title of presentation or class, time of presentation, all pertinent telephone numbers, and email addresses. The two projectors and the laptop each has a list of parts and in what locations they are to be placed in their respective cases. They each also have a sign-in-and-out sheet. If you are the person borrowing the equipment, after use and before returning or handing the equipment to the next user, you must check that all parts are present and in their proper locations and you must fill out the sign in and out sheet. We recommend that you check for all parts at the end of the activity, before leaving. The laptop together with the new state-of-the-art projector can show wide format pictures.

The projector must be given to the next user in time for their needs. Note that the projector will be used at most of our potlucks (the first Wednesday of most months September through May).

The mountaineers library has started a periodicals collection.

The Olympia Library Committee would like to thank Dan Mazur for donating magazines and books to the branch library, we now have almost a complete collection of Alpinist magazine, probably the best climbing magazine today. If you haven't seen Alpinist magazine, contact Mike Riley and check out an issue. Also contact Mike for the following periodicals: Climbing, On Belay, Summit, and Mountain. The issues available are listed here. (The main branch library has the annual Accidents in North American Mountaineering and bi-monthly Washington Trail Association periodicals).

Browse by individual category pages:

NEW at the Olympia Mountaineers Library:

  • Bear boxes! Aka Bear-Resistant Food Containers. Now required for backpacking trips in many places to keep bears (and you) safe. We have 2 bearvault-500s. They weigh less than 1.2 kg, hold 11.5 liters, enough for 7 days of food. Diameter 9", Height 13."
  • Great maps and books for the National Parks, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, and of course the parks in Washington.
  • Maps! Maps! Maps! ... including the newest Green Trails for Sedona, the Columbia Gorge, and Climbing Mount Baker.
  • 2014 Accidents in N. American Mountaineering and the 2014 American Alpine Journal

And just where is this wonderful library?

Location: 5418 Lemon Rd NE North on Sleater Kinney; Left (SW) on South Bay; Right (N) on Schinke;Left (W) on 46th; Right (N) onto Lemon. OR North on Plum/EastBay/Boston Harbor Rd, Right (E) on 36th; Left (N) on Lemon Rd (just east of Libby); take jog on 46th and go left onto Lemon again. House is on East side. Driveway splits, take left to green single story house not the big blue house.

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