Plan for a New Garberville Library

The New Garberville Library will be Here Soon!

Steel in the foundation, interior beams, and Friends of Garberville Library in front of a modular.

First photo - Pouring the foundation in February 2021.

Center photo - interior beams in the new building under construction.

Photo at right - Friends of the Garberville Library volunteers Erica Boyd-Gooch, Liz Davidson and Leann Greene stand with Garberville Library Assistant Ellie Huber in front of part of the new building in March, 2021. (Photo by Kay Sheldon.)

Project Update from March 20, 2021

Construction of the Garberville branch of the Humboldt County Library is well underway. If all goes well, the project could finish by May!  

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'

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