Orca Books Cooperative fosters community education through the support of authors and artists, creating a friendly, open, and safe space, and access to a diverse collection of fiction and non-fiction books. As a cooperative, Orca Books strives for the shared cooperative values of equality, equity, and solidarity in our work, in our community, and in our lives. Orca Books Cooperative acknowledges that we are located on stolen Nisqually, Cowlitz, Coast Salish, and Squaxin land, and we work towards a more equitable society and workplace, directly serving those that have been disenfranchised and/or persecuted, and building community through an anti-oppression framework.
Orca Books Cooperative will meet this mission by nourishing the Olympia community with:
- a curated selection of affordable used, new, and out of print books,
- cultural events focused on local literary arts, alternative education, and interdisciplinary story-telling (through print, oral tradition, and film), and
- providing a community space that is a safe and welcoming literary haven.
Orca Books Co-op will continue to strengthen existing partnerships while seeking new ways of collaboration with our growing community of diverse voices. Our customers and staff come from all walks of life, forming a vibrant, supportive, and generous book-loving community.
Orca Books Co-op has a social responsibility to uplift and promote suppressed voices and stories, to take a stand with our community, and to work to resist systemic oppression.
Orca Books Co-op intends to meaningfully contribute in these ways and more to the Olympia community for many years to come as Olympia's Community Bookstore. The orca whale is an iconic creature, playing a fundamental role in the Salish Sea and beyond, and Orca Books Co-op is similarly iconic and inherently integral to the heart and soul of Olympia.
If you'd like to place an order through us directly, please email [email protected], drop by the store (when it's safe!) or give us a call at (phone number temporarily disabled).