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Donating Books or Materials to the Library

~Thank you for your donation to the collection of the Humboldt County Library~

 We appreciate your donation of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. 
The following guidelines apply to donated materials:


Donations become the property of the library.


Donations will be evaluated for addition to the collection, subject to the same criteria as all other materials. (Content and format, condition, number of copies already in the collection, the need to provide a balanced collection in which a variety of subjects and viewpoints are represented, cost of processing, patron interest—these and other considerations may determine whether or not a book is added to the collection).


Donations which are not added to the collection will be given to the Friends of the Redwood Libraries or to Friends groups supporting branch libraries; they will be offered for sale in their book sales.  Proceeds from these book sales come back to the library and are used to purchase new materials.


Donations which are not appropriate for the collection and not appropriate for book sales will be discarded.


The following types of materials will not be accepted as donations:

  > Textbooks older than 5 years    
  > Reader's Digest Condensed Books    
  > Encyclopedias    
> Computer software manuals older than 3 years
  > Most magazines and professional journals    
  > Materials which are missing pages or parts, mildewed, wet, stained, musty or in poor condition    

Receipts are available and will note the number of items donated.
A determination of the fair market value of donated materials will be
the responsibility of the donor.


How to deliver donated materials

Eureka Main Library


Donations of 1-2 bags of materials are received by library staff at the front circulation desk during library open hours.  


Donations of more than 2 bags are received by the Friends of the Redwood Libraries via the loading dock (SW corner) during the hours below.  Ring the buzzer located next to the small door at the front of the library near the corner closest to the Carson Mansion.  Please wait patiently for us to reach you, it may take a minute to get to the door.

  Tuesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  
  Wednesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  
  Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  

>Other arrangements may be made by contacting the Friends at 269-1995.


Branch Libraries    

~Donations may be delivered to the branch libraries during library open hours ~


Arcata Library
500 7th Street



Hoopa Library
Loop Road
(530) 625-5082



Blue Lake Library
111 Greenwood Avenue



McKinleyville Library
1606 Pickett Road



Ferndale Library
807 Main Street



Rio Dell Library
715 Wildwood Avenue



Fortuna Library
775 14th Street



Trinidad Library
380 Janis Court
(707) 677-0227



Garberville Library
715 Cedar



Willow Creek Library
At Hwys 299 & 96
(530) 629-2146