The Del Norte County Library District is composed of the Main Library, a branch library in Smith River, and the library literacy program, Del Norte Reads.  The DNCL provides free services to all residents living within the boundaries of Del Norte County with services available to all others for an annual fee.

The library system holds over 54,000 materials – books, magazines, DVDs, Videocassettes, compact discs, audio books, and more. The  current building was dedicated in 1983 and was remodeled in 2006.

In total, more than 72,000 items were checked out of the system during fiscal year 2005-2006!  In addition, thousands of people entered the library to utilize print and electronic resources, access the Internet through the Library’s state-of-the-art Wi-Fi service, view a library exhibit, or attend one of the library’s many events.

The friendly staff is eager to serve you.  Welcome to the Del Norte County Library!

Vision Statement

The Del Norte County Library provides collections, programs, and leadership to promote the development of literate and informed citizens through open and equal access to cultural, intellectual, recreational, and informational resources.

Mission Statement

The existence of the Del Norte County Library District assures public ownership of print collections, digital resources, and gathering space for the citizens of the library district.  We are committed to sustaining the value of public library services for the greater Del Norte County community through the use of traditional and innovative technologies.

Del Norte County Library Values

  • Excellence in customer service
  • Providing, supporting and advocating access for all
  • Acting with flexibility, creativity and initiative
  • Working together with enthusiasm and optimism to reach goals
  • Responsible stewardship of resources


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