The Humboldt County Library
provides resources and
opportunities to support lifelong learning,
local heritage, and the cultural,
recreational, and information needs
of our communities.
Humboldt County Library is a vital community institution providing library
service to all County residents through a main library in Eureka, ten branches
and a bookmobile.
is welcome to visit and use the library.
are a Humboldt County resident, please ask for a library card. With your
card, you can take books, music, videos and magazines home. Your library
card is also the easiest way to use our free internet terminals! See the
menu on the left of this screen to learn how to get your library card.
Humboldt County has a long and
distinguished history of public library service. In 1878, Eureka became the
first city in California to support a free public library with public funds.
Arcata followed soon after, and in 1910, Ferndale opened its new Carnegie
In 1915, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors established
the County Free Library to serve county residents outside the cities of Eureka,
Ferndale and Arcata. Five branches were established: Blue Lake, Fortuna,
Garberville, Trinidad, and Willow Creek. Additional branch libraries were
opened at McKinleyville (1916), Rio Dell (1919),
and Hoopa (1927). The older libraries in Arcata and
Ferndale became affiliated with the county system and in 1972, Eureka’s public
library and the Humboldt County Libraries were consolidated into one system.
Today, the Humboldt County Library, in cooperation with local
jurisdictions, serves all County residents through a networked structure of ten
branches, a bookmobile, and a central library facility.
The Library works in cooperation
with local jurisdictions to provide library services. Branch library communities
provide and maintain the library facility, while the County supplies the
staffing, collections and services. Some cities provide supplemental funding for
The Library is a Special District for
taxing purposes. Although the Library is governed
by the County Supervisors and functions as a County department, it is not part
of the County General Fund.
revenues come primarily from property taxes, State and Federal funds, and
some fees, fines and gifts. Additionally, the library actively seeks
grants to support basic and enhanced operations and services.
Humboldt Library Foundation
and the Friends of the Redwood Libraries
are the two main support organizations for the Library. Additionally, most
branch libraries have separate "Friends" groups dedicated to raising supplementary
funds for their specific branch location. Money raised by the Friends book
sales, Internet sales and the Serendipity Bookstore is a significant source of
revenue for books and materials.
If you want to communicate with us about library
service, please address your comment to:
1313 Third Street Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 269-1918
Tuesday – Saturday,
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Director of Library Services: