History

Orca Books is Thurston County's largest independently-owned bookstore currently located in the heart of downtown Olympia, at 315 5th Ave SE. We stock new and used books, cards, and journals, and are proud to carry many locally-produced items by Olympia artists and craftspeople. The bookstore has been around for nearly 30 years, when Linda Berentsen purchased it from her father, William (Bill) Foster. 

The decision to form a cooperative was made in early 2019. After almost 3 decades of running a successful bookstore, Linda was ready to retire, but wanted to ensure that the store lived on.   Linda and her staff decided that the best course of action was to transform into a member-owned cooperative, so that the store could remain open and continue serving the needs of the Olympia bookworm community.

So... as of 4/1/20 Orca became Orca Books Cooperative, right in the middle of the Pandemic!  By July we had  moved from our old location next to City Hall to our new location near Rainy Day Records. As of August 24, 2020 we are implementing Curbside Delivery for our online/phone orders. Next we will get our used books back online and then will open for limited browsing.  Thanks for all the wonderful support you have sent our way as we have reconfigured Orca Books for the new world in which we find ourselves.