Express Service

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

Welcome Back with Express Service!

One by one, Humboldt County Public Library branches are opening for Express Service. Step inside to enjoy choosing your own library materials, then check them out, with shorter lines and fast, safe service for your quick 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. Curbside services, including holds and grab bag pickup, continue as well. Library service hours vary by location, so check for information on services and hours at your local library.

Opening the libraries will continue in careful steps, branch by branch, until all Humboldt County Public Libraries can safely open for walk-in service. See if your library offers Express Service now.

Visit Guidelines

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

  • Inside the library, visitors ages two and up are required to wear masks & follow social distancing guidelines.
  • To keep all ages safe, there is a limit to how many people can be in the library at one time. 
  • You won't see many chairs in the library during Express Service, but you can sit for a quick turn on a computer. 
  • Please keep your visit short, no longer than 20-30 minutes, so everyone can enjoy the library.

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 can’t wait to welcome you back to 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.

Library 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.