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Press release from the Humboldt County Library:

The Humboldt County Library is pleased to announce the new offering of curbside pickup at all its locations throughout the county. 

Patrons can place up to four items on hold at a time, either through the library’s website at or by calling any library branch. When your items are ready, you will be notified by mail, email, or by phone - if you have not done so recently, now is a great time to make sure that your contact information is up to date.

When you arrive at the library to pick up your items, you will find a sign displaying instructions and the library phone number. Please remain in your vehicle or stay at least six feet away from the entrance and call the library to let the staff know that you have arrived. If you do not have a cell phone, knock at the library door, and then move back at least six feet to allow library staff to answer the door. Items will be checked out to you and then brought outside, where you can retrieve them after library staff return inside. 

In addition to curbside pickup, the drop box at each branch is now open limited days during the week. For example, the drop boxes at the Eureka Library are open Wednesday - Friday. For the drop box schedule at your local library, please contact them directly. Returned books will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours upon return, so please note that your returns may take up to a week to be checked in and removed from your account. The library is waiving overdue fines during this period.

The safety of the community is of utmost concern to the Humboldt County Library. Staff members are practicing social distancing and using PPE in accordance with public health recommendations. The library service plan has been approved by the County Department of Public Health. 

As always, people can access a variety of materials online, such as e-books and audiobooks, at or via Overdrive. 

If you have any questions, please call the Eureka Library at 707-269-1915. Questions may also be directed to your local branch. Branch phone numbers can be found on the library’s website, in the phone book, or by calling the Eureka Library.

The Humboldt County Library would like to thank everyone for their patience and flexibility during this time and is pleased to be providing this service to the community.