Humboldt County cooperates with other local governments to provide library services. Branch Library communities may provide and maintain the library facility, while the County Library supplies the staff, library materials, and services. Some cities provide added funding to make sure their citizens have the library services they need and want. Friends of the Library groups and the Humboldt Library Foundation play a key role in fund-raising for library materials and projects.
Library revenues come primarily from property taxes. Less than 1% of the County budget goes to the Library. The Library also receives small amounts of State and Federal funds, and some fees, fines and gifts. The Library actively seeks grants to support basic and enhanced operations and services.
The Library is a Special District for taxing purposes. Although the Library is not part of the County General Fund, it is governed by the County Supervisors and functions as a County department.
See full details of Humboldt County Public Library funding on the County's Open Budget page.
Want to Speak Up for Library Funding?
If you'd like to voice your support for libraries in your community, in our county, or in our state and nation, call or write to your elected officials at any level and let them know what you think.
To find the people who represent you, enter your address in the "Find Your Elected Officials" box from the League of Women Voters. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decides what local funds are provided to libraries, but your representatives in California and the United States government also make important votes for and against funding for libraries.
To learn and share more about the benefits libraries bring to their communities, visit Libraries Transform and the Pew Research Center's reports on libraries . You can also watch Libraries Benefit Everyone on YouTube.
To learn more about the state of our libraries and upcoming legislation, visit the websites of the California Library Association or the American Library Association.
The Humboldt Library Foundation
The Humboldt Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps to provide stable long-term funding support for library needs. Donors who wish to help the Humboldt County Library in the long term can make donations of any size toward the Foundation's goals of improving library service, expanding the use of technology, and sponsoring cultural and educational programs in the libraries.
The Friends of the Redwood Libraries is a vigorous volunteer organization that strives to provide support for all the libraries in the Humboldt County System. Also, most branch libraries have separate "Friends" groups dedicated to raising extra funds for their specific branch location. Money raised by the Friends book sales, Internet sales, the Serendipity Bookstore, and other activities is a significant source of revenue for books and materials.