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Make a difference: Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the library. On a daily basis, volunteers assist patrons in the Humboldt room, shelve books, assist with children's programs, prepare materials for book sales, staff the Serendipity bookstore and help with a variety of special projects. The library currently enjoys the help of over 170 volunteers system-wide.

To volunteer at the library,

  • pick up an application at one of the public service desks
  • type your zip code in the box on the right, or
  • print out and submit this application form

VOLUNTEER TO HELP COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH TAX FORMS - here in the library, with special training as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) for the coming tax season in Jan-April 2014.  Free training is provided in this useful skill! Call now to plan training times.  More information about volunteering with VITA...

Humboldt Library Foundation

The Humboldt Library Foundation is an independent nonprofit corporation, dedicated to the support of our public libraries. Founded in 1997, it works in cooperation with the Humboldt County Library Director and Friends of the Library groups throughout the county to provide stable long-term funding support for library needs.

The mission of the Humboldt Library Foundation is to enhance the programs, services and continuing development of the Humboldt County public libraries by:

  • Improving the quality of library services countywide
  • Expanding the use of technology
  • Sponsoring cultural and educational offerings

Humboldt Library Foundation
P.O. 440 Eureka,
CA 95502-0440


Friends of the Library

The Humboldt County Library enjoys tremendous support throughout the county. Friends of the Library organizations exist in nearly every branch library community. Through the work of the Friends, the library is able to add more books and materials to its collections and offer programs to enhance library services.  You can participate in volunteer activities, or simply support the Library by joining.  Contact the Friends group in your community for information on how to join.

Friends of the Redwood libraries
P.O. Box 188
Eureka, CA 95502

Friends of the Arcata library
500 7th Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Friends of the Blue Lake library
P.O. Box 236
Blue Lake, CA 95525

Friends of the Ferndale library
P.O. Box 397
Ferndale, CA 95536

Friends of the Fortuna library
753 14th Street
Fortuna, CA 95540

Friends of the Garberville library
715 Cedar Street
Garbeville, CA 95542

Friends of the Hoopa library
P.O. Box 1407
Hoopa, CA 95546-1407

Friends of the McKinleyville library
1606 Pickett Road
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Friends of the Rio Dell library
715 Wildwood Avenue
Rio Dell, CA 95562

Friends of the Trinidad library
P.O. Box 856
Trinidad, CA 95570

Friends of the Willow Creek library
P.O. Box 466
Willow Creek, CA 95573


Your gift in support of the library will be used and enjoyed by the community for years to come, and can be a thoughtful way of honoring or remembering someone special

Donations to the county library can be made in the form of money or books (click here to find out more about donating books). Monetary donations can be given online using your credit card, debit card, or Paypal account by going to the Official Payments page and choosing the Humboldt County Library. Click here to use Official Payments. Or, if you prefer, simply print this donation form and bring or mail it to any County Library branch with your gift.

The main library address is:

Humboldt County Library
1313 Third Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Below are average costs of library materials. Donors of $200 or more, who do not wish to remain anonymous, will be included in the Board of Supervisor's library agenda.

  • $18 for children's / young adult books
  • $20 for adult fiction
  • $25 for adult nonfiction
  • $21 for DVDs
  • $15 for CDs
  • $35 for books on CD
  • $25 per year for magazine subscriptions

If you are interested in planned giving, please call (707) 269-1991, or visit the Humboldt Library Foundation.