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Eureka Humboldt Room

Build Collections

We believe that everyone in our community should have access to the wealth of resources at Humboldt County Library – be it bound books, talking books, or e-books – they are there to inspire, educate, and enjoy. Your donations to the Humboldt Library Foundation allow us to make annual grants to the Humboldt County Library to purchase books and materials for circulation across the library system – that means the Main Branch and all ten branch libraries including the bookmobile, which serves 14 outlying communities. No matter where you are in the county, if you have access to a computer you can go online, see what’s in the collection, reserve it, and/or have it delivered to your branch library. It is convenient, you own it. It is yours!

Amazing Facts from 2016

  • Over the last twenty one years HLF has raised over 1.8 million dollars through donations from private individuals, businesses and local organizations. Made direct grants to the library in excess of $1,000,000.
  • In 2016, nearly 667,000 items were checked out of the library, system-wide the library has 315,000 items.
  • As of 2016, there were 101,815 library card holders in Humboldt County; 18,507 are held by youth.
  • The public computers logged in 82,000 individual sessions.
  • There were 145,000 digital visits to

  • In 2017, your contributions enabled us to make a $65,200 grant to the library - based on funds raised during the 2016 calendar year.

    The grant targets $20,000 for new books and materials to be circulated system-wide; sets aside $10,000 in grants to branch libraries to purchase popular titles for local patrons through the McNaughton program; provides $15,000 for staff development and new programming; $9,200 for Masterfile researching software; $8,000 for development of a new library logo and branding strategy and $1,500 for STEAM products. HLF has also set aside $1,500 for the Children’s Author Festival.

    We have continued to annually build our Endowment Fund which was established to enhance library services for the long term.

    So, next time you are in the library and looking at the ‘NEW BOOKS’ shelf, take pride in your contribution. You’ve helped to add

  • New fiction
  • New mysteries
  • Story books for kids
  • The latest Young Adults best seller
  • History, biography, and memoir
  • Self-Help and Fix It Books
  • Science and Natural History
  • And much more ….