First Floor, Eureka Library
Library Points of Interest, Locations & Features
Popular items from that floor have been moved to the ground floor. Several areas have been rearranged for now. The map and description do not reflect these temporary changes.
Summer, 2021 - Please note that the 2nd Floor is temporarily closed.
The library is intended to be accessible to people with disabilities. Certain access features you may wish to be assured of before your visit are shown on the map in blue. For more detailed and text-based information about access at the Main Library in Eureka, please read our description of Library Access for People with Disabilities. Text information about the library in general follows in a-b-c order.
Art in the LibraryThe library walls and display cases feature art and artifact displays year round. The Hagopian Art Gallery on the 2nd floor features new exhibits each month.
Audio & Visual MediaMovies, music, and audio books for adults are available on the 2nd floor. Turn left as you exit the stairs or elevator. Those just for children are on the 1st floor in the Children's Room. Movies, music and audio books in Spanish are shelved with the Spanish Language Collection.
Book ReturnThe after-hours book return is located outside the building, at shoulder height on the outer wall just to the right of the library entrance.
BookstoreThe Serendipity Bookstore offers used books, audio books, and other materials at bargain prices. The bookstore is operated by the Friends of the Redwood Libraries. All funds raised are used for projects that support the library. The store is located on the 2nd floor. You will find the bookstore entrance to your left as you walk into the Audio Visual area.
Bulletin BoardA bulletin board is on the wall between the magazine area and the Children's Room. The board features flyers and announcements of non-profit, cultural, and educational public events in our community. A poster kiosk outside the library also provides community event information. To request that your notice be posted, please bring it to the Reference Desk.
Catalog StationsYou can find books and other library materials by using our Online Catalog computer stations. Catalog stations are scattered through the library, including in the Adult nonfiction area, in the Children's Room, and upstairs in the Media Room and Humboldt Room.
Children's DeskAsk questions and get help in using anything in the Children's Room at this service desk, where you'll often find a librarian on duty. The Children's Desk is marked on the map as number 8.
Circulation DeskYou can check out library materials, get a library card, return books, pay your fines, and renew books here. This desk is marked on the map as number 3.
Computer Stations:Computer workstations dedicated to a variety of uses are located throughout the library, including catalog stations, word processing stations, public internet stations, and more.
Copy MachinesOn the first floor there's a copy machine near the reference desk, and another near the children's desk. On the second floor there is a copy machine in the periodical room. A color copier is available on the 2nd floor in the Humboldt Room; please ask staff to help you use the color copier.
Drinking FountainTwo water fountains are located on the right hand side of the outer lobby as you enter the library. They are placed at different heights for your convenience.
ElevatorThe elevator and stairs are located in the center of the library, across from the Reference Desk. The elevator is marked on the map as number 5.
Emergency ExitsIn an emergency please go to the nearest exit. There are emergency exits in the children's room near the copy machine, in adult nonfiction on the West wall near the wi-fi plug-in counter, and upstairs in the media room and periodicals room. Emergency exits are marked (E) on the map.
EntranceThe library entrance features automatic doors that open at your approach. Step into the lobby to find a pay telephone on your left and drinking fountains on your right. Then there's another set of double doors, and you have entered the library lobby. Restrooms are to your right. The large meeting room is to your left. The library's indoor book return, circulation desk, and first floor are straight ahead.
Fiction CollectionThe fiction collection is shelved in order by the author's last name. The fiction collection includes novels and stories to satisfy a wide variety of reading interests, from bestsellers to lesser-known literary gems, and from cult favorites to classics. Mystery, science fiction, and western genres are shelved as smaller collections in the adult fiction area. Paperback fiction is shelved along the wall at the back of this section.
Hagopian Art GalleryCollections of work by local artists and photographers rotate through the library's art gallery. It is located on the 2nd floor.
Humboldt RoomThis peaceful 2nd floor room, with a view of the harbor, is the showpiece of the library. This is our local history collection. Books, photos, maps, journals, yearbooks, rare documents and other materials for reference use are shelved here. A service desk, most often staffed by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers, is located just inside the door on your right as you enter. A copy machine is available for your use, featuring both black and white and color copies.
Internet TerminalsThese are available for public use. Bring your library card or ask at the Reference Desk for a guest pass. You may print from these stations. Pay for your prints at the Reference Desk.
Japanese Language CollectionA small collection of books in the Japanese and Chinese languages is available in shelves built into the reference desk, along the public side of the back of the desk. This collection was first created in honor of Eureka's Sister City relationship with Kamisu, Japan.
Large Print BooksBooks in large type are shelved along the north wall of the library. As you face the windows and enjoy the view of the harbor and bridge, you can see this collection along the walls to either side of the windows. This substantial collection runs around the northeast corner of the room and continues along the wall between the fiction collection and the Children's Room. The north wall and large print book area are marked on the map as number 4.
Literacy CollectionReaders that are more fun for grownups. A small collection of books for adults who are learning to read can be found at the reference desk. They are found on shelves facing out from the desk toward the 920 nonfiction area.
Magazines and NewspapersRecent copies are found in the newspaper reading area on the first floor, which provides comfortable seats for readers. Older magazines and newspapers may be found on the 2nd floor in the Newspaper Back Files room beyond the Audio Visual collection. Check our Magazine & Newspaper List to see what the library has in stock. Also, see our eBooks page for eMagazines that you can download or read online, and our Articles and Databases web page to search for full text magazine and newspaper articles by subject. The library subscribes so that you can get the information for free with your library card.
Meeting RoomThe Large Meeting Room is located to your left as you enter the library. Meeting room use policies can be found online.
Microfilm Reader-PrintersMicrofilm of local newspapers and microfilm reading and printing machines are available in the newspaper back files room on the 2nd floor. Printing from the microfilm costs 25 cents per page.
MysteriesThe mystery, science fiction, and western genres are shelved as smaller collections in the fiction area. This area is marked on the map as number 6. In the fiction section, as you approach the Children's Room down the fiction aisle, all of these small collections are on your right. Look at the small white signs on the ends of the shelves to find the correct section.
New Arrivals ShelfNew adult fiction and nonfiction are displayed to your left as you approach the Reference Desk from the library entrance. Fiction faces out, and nonfiction is on the reverse side of the shelf. The new arrivals shelf is marked on the map as number 2.
Nonfiction CollectionThis collection supports the education, information and cultural needs of our community. You can check these books out. Books in the nonfiction collection are organized by subject, using the Dewey System which assigns a number to each subject. Thus, in the Humboldt County Library and in most public libraries around the USA, you'll find books about tame animals at call number 636, and books specifically about dogs at call number 636.7,
Oversized BooksMost large books fit on the library's ordinary shelves, but certain volumes are so very large that they are shelved separately. You will find these on the north wall of the library, near the northwest corner of the building. As you face the windows showing a view of the harbor, the oversized books are on the wall to your left, near the corner of the room.
Paperback FictionPaperback fiction is shelved along the wall between the mystery books and the Children's Room.
Parenting CornerFor the convenience of parents, a small collection of books, pamphlets, DVDs, videos, and audiobooks on parenting issues is kept in the southwest corner of the Children's Room, near the door to the Story Room. As you step through the main Children's Room doorway, you will see the Parenting Corner on your right.
RampNear the accessible parking area, a ramp leads to the library entrance. The emergency exits from the adult reading area and the Children's Room also feature ramps.
Reference CollectionReference materials are especially useful sources of information that are kept by the library to be available to all library users. They include, but aren't limited to, the following resources:
- Atlases & Maps
- Auto Repair Information
- Government Documents of Local Interest
- Historical Documents of Local Interest
- Medical Reference Books
- Microfilm Copies of Local Newspapers
- Sources of Statistics
- Telephone Books