Plan for a New Garberville Library

Garberville Library is almost complete!

Garberville Library on a sunny day in July.

What's Happening as of July 31, 2021

The Garberville Library building is in the final phase of inside work, and its outside ramps are now complete. (Photo 7-31-2021 by Kay Sheldon.) The new building is energy-efficient and fully ADA accessible. When it opens, it will feature lots of new books, computer stations for public use, high-speed wireless internet both inside and in the parking lot, a multimedia system for special events, a comfortable children’s section, and a reading and study area. The complex also includes a conference room that will be available for a variety of community programs, and public restrooms, as well as the Sheriff's substation.

Below, you can see a diagram of the floor plan.

When will Garberville's New Library Open?

If all goes well from here, we're still hoping that Garberville Library will open in time for the new school year.  Keep an eye on this spot for updates.

The Garberville Mini-Complex includes a meeting room and separate Sheriff's Substation as well as the Library.

Garberville Library floor plan, approximate

Project Update from May 18, 2021

After some project delays that set our schedule back by about a month, the new building is starting to shape up.  We're hoping to have the inside of the building finished and be able to start moving furniture and books into the new library space before the end of June, ready for a Summer opening date.

In the meantime, the Friends of Garberville Library and library staff have been busy on  your behalf. Here's part of an announcement the Friends made on their Facebook site recently.

Friends of the Garberville Library, May 8 at 1:35 PM ·

Books are being ordered for the collection

Garberville’s permanent collection of more than 5400 books, movies, and other materials was evaluated by the County Library’s librarians as the old building was packed up. They determined that the reference collection was in need of current titles. 

Nearly 3200 circulating books and other items were dated, lost, or simply worn out and ready to be replaced. We’re adding new titles in Spanish to serve our increasing numbers of Spanish-speaking residents. 

The County Library estimates the total cost of updating the collection to be $22,500. The Friends have pledged to raise that sum. We hope you will consider becoming a member. Your donation would help us toward that sum. 

We’re thrilled to tell you we have a donor who will match individual donations. Any amount you give will be doubled!

You can pick up a membership envelope at the Chamber of Commerce, or from Kay at the library when you do a curbside pick up. 



If you want to take part in refreshing the book collection, you can also use the Paypal link on the Friends of Garberville Library Facebook site, or, if you prefer, donate directly to their  Vocality Credit Union account, #18948.

Project Update from March 20, 2021

Construction of the Garberville branch of the Humboldt County Library is well underway. 

Now, it's time to think about furniture.

The Humboldt Library Foundation recently gave $9,100 toward the purchase of sturdy, good quality children's furniture for the children's area of the new library.

'The Friends of the Garberville Library deeply appreciate the Humboldt Library Foundation’s generous assistance in funding furniture for the Children’s section in Garberville’s new branch building,' says FOGL President Liz Davidson. 'Weekly story time has been our most popular program, and the appealing and accessible furniture with enhance our patrons' enjoyment.'

The new furniture will also allow the Garberville Library to continue and expand its children’s programming. 'I’m so excited about the new library and what it will bring to the community,' says Branch Manager Kay Sheldon.

'There will be increased entertainment and educational events at the library, both day and evening, for children and adults, guaranteeing the comfortable furniture will be well used and appreciated by all.'

Board President Elizabeth Murguia explains 'HLF was pleased to donate, and we share the excitement of the community to know the doors will open soon on the long-awaited facility – where children and patrons of every age will once again access its treasures. We’re enormously grateful to our supporters from across Humboldt County who helped make this donation possible.'  If you would like to contribute any amount, learn more about the Humboldt Library Foundation here.

Artist's sketch of the building to house the library, substation, & meeting room.

An artist's sketch of the new Garberville Campus Complex.

More about the 'Garberville Mini-Complex' and the Library

The building project broke ground on September 2, 2020. It will house the library, a Sheriff’s substation, and a meeting room in a modern, energy-efficient building. The library will feature accessible computer workstations, high-speed wireless internet, a multimedia projector for special events, a children’s section, and a reading and study area. The project is moving along, and may be complete by May 2021.

During construction of the new building, the Garberville Library is housed in the Department of Health and Human Services office located at 727 Cedar St. in Garberville. Creating this temporary home for the library was a collaborative effort among County workers from the Library, DHHS and DHHS Information Services, the County Administrative Office, Information Technology, and Public Works/Building Maintenance. The Library appreciates the generous welcome provided by DHHS staff in sharing their space and the creative work of everyone involved.

For any questions about library services, call the Garberville Library at 707-923-2230 or visit the library’s website at