Express Service

A happy reader is one with many books to choose from.

Welcome Back with Express Service!

Humboldt County Libraries are open for Express Service. Wear your mask and step inside to enjoy choosing your own library materials, then check them out, with shorter lines and fast, safe service for your library visit. (Please see the visit guidelines below.)

Express Service includes browsing and checkout of materials and access to Wi-Fi, copy machines, computers, and printers. You can apply for a library card, ask questions and get help with research.

Library service hours vary by location, so check for information on services and hours at your local library.

Visit Guidelines

The safety of our community members, volunteers, and staff is of utmost importance to us. When visiting your library, we ask that you follow these guidelines and plan to make your library visit safe and efficient.  

  • Inside the library, ALL visitors ages two and up are required to wear masks & follow safety guidelines.
  • You won't see many chairs in the library during Express Service, but you can sit for a turn on a computer. Please do not sit or lie on the floor.
  • Read and follow safety guidelines on signs, and the spoken directions of library security and staff.
  • Please do not enter the library if you are ill or have any Covid symptoms.

Express Service is the next step in a careful, phased approach to safely restore all library offerings, access, and exploration! After a year of connecting with you through virtual programs, online resources, and remote services, we are enthusiastic to be able to welcome you back inside your community library.


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Curbside Service

Request books or movies for pickup with curbside service.

Contactless Services 

Do you still prefer a contact-free, convenient experience? 

Curbside service allows people to pick up library materials at any branch. Request specific titles or ask for a grab bag to pick up at your library.

Online programs include story time, book clubs, and presentations by local experts and other special guests. Some programs are recorded and available to view on YouTube.

Library databases, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines are available online from anywhere.

Those who do not have a library card can apply for one, or request an e-Account to use the library’s online resources.

Like a hyacinth in the spring, the library blooms again for you.