Library Cards

Library cards are free of charge to Humboldt County residents with a permanent local address.  There is a $4.00 fee to replace a lost card.  Visitors may place a deposit for a temporary card.

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Application Process

  1. Pick up an application from any Humboldt County Library. A parent or legal guardian must sign the application for anyone under 18 years of age.
  2. Bring proof of your Humboldt County address (a P.O. Box is acceptable).

You must have one of the following with your current address:

    . Valid California Driver’s License


    . Valid California Identification Card


    .  Current Utility or Telephone Bill

  • When you sign the application for a library card, you agree to return borrowed materials on time and to be responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • If you are a nonresident, you may place a deposit for a temporary card. Ask library staff for details.

Your library card brings you many benefits

  • Borrow books, videos and DVDs, 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, 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.
  • Don't have a computer?  Your library card gives you easy access to the internet at the Main Library's public computers.   (Internet users must have a parent's or guardian's permission if under 18. Parents have this option on the Library Card Application, or may fill out forms later to give their permission.)
  • 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.
  • Your library card is permanent and does not need to be renewed.