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Getting a Library Card

Library cards are free of charge to Humboldt County residents with a permanent local address.

To apply:

1)      Pick up an application from any Humboldt County Library.†† A parent or legal guardian must sign the application for anyone under 18 years of age.† 

2)      Bring proof of your Humboldt County address (a P.O. Box is acceptable). You must have one of the following with your current address: 

. Valid California Driverís License
                      OR
. Valid California Identification Card 
                      OR
.  Current utility or telephone bill

>When you sign the application for a library card, you agree to return borrowed materials on time and to be responsible for lost or damaged items.†

>If you are a non-resident, you may place a deposit for a temporary card.† Ask library staff for details.


Your library card brings you many benefits: 

        Free use of books, videos and DVDs, audio books,  music, magazines, and online resources.

        Easy access to the internet at library branches with public computers.  (You must have a parent's or guardian's permission if under 18.)

        Your card is valid at all the public libraries in Humboldt County, including the Bookmobile.  (Click here to see a map.)

        Sign into the catalog with your card to check your library record, see when your books are due, place holds and renew materials online.

        Free online access to selected databases that would otherwise charge a fee for use.  Our list includes health, car repair, magazine articles, encyclopedias, jobs, test practice, homework information, and more. If you have the internet at home, these databases are available to you even when the library is closed. Your library card number is your password!

        Interlibrary loan services are available with your library card.

        Your library card is permanent and does not need to be renewed.