Library Cards

Who Can Get a Humboldt County Library Card?



 Library cards are free of charge to Humboldt County residents with a permanent local mailing address.  Visiting non-residents can get a card by placing a deposit with the library.

There is a $4.00 fee to replace a lost card.  Please report the loss or theft of a library card immediately.

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How Can I Get a Permanent Library Card?



  1. Fill out an application at any Humboldt County Library. A parent or legal guardian must sign the application for anyone under 18 years of age.  When you sign the application, you agree to return borrowed materials on time and to be responsible for lost or damaged items.
  2. Provide proof of your local mailing address.  (If your mailing address is not local, you can place a deposit and still receive a card.  Ask library staff for details.)  
  3. Provide your photo ID. Many types of photo ID are acceptable.  


Your Library Card brings you many benefits



  • Borrow books, movies, audio books, music, and magazines.
  • Your card is valid at every branch of the Humboldt County Library, including the Bookmobile. 
  • Your card can be used online.  24-hour access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, encyclopedia entries, and reliable information from databases that would otherwise charge a fee for use. Your library card number is your password when using these library materials.
  • Sign into the Library Catalog with your card to check your library record, see when your books are due, reserve a book, film, or CD from any library in the system, and renew materials online.  You can also sign up for email notifications about new books by your favorite authors, or on your favorite subject!
  • Interlibrary loan services are available with your library card.  When you don't see the book you need in our local library collection, this service can bring you books from other libraries throughout the nation.
  • A full-service Library Card is permanent and does not need to be renewed.  
Everyone in the community can find something to enjoy at the library.