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About the Library

Library policies, services, and collections

Mission of the Library

The College of the Redwoods Library supports the college commitment ot enhancing learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the community it serves.  To this end, the library's mission is to:

  • Provide high-quality services and programs that promote information literacy, critical thinking, lifelong learning skills, and a spirit of free inquiry in CR students and the campus community.
  • Provide organized information resources that support the achievement of program and learning outcomes throughout the college.
  • Provide an environment, physical and virtual, conducive to the access, use, study, and understanding of information resources, to the community of learners.

Library Hours

During Fall 2020, in-person access to the CR library is available by arrangement only.

THANKSGIVING HOURS: The Reference Desk will be CLOSED between 11/22 and 11/29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The Circulation Desk will be open Monday and Tuesday, 11/23-24; CLOSED the rest of the week.

Librarians are available by phone, chat, or email between 12:00 - 8:00 Monday - Thursday and 10:00 - 1:00 Saturdays. 
Call 707-476-4260, or use the "Chat with a Librarian" icon on most library webpages.

You can also submit research questions using our Ask-a-Librarian email service:
On any library page with a "chat" icon, if chat is not available the icon will automatically transfer you to a form to submit your questions. You should receive a response within 48 hours in most cases.

Do you have questions about checkouts, reserve materials, or your library account?
Call the Circulation Desk at 707-476-4260 to speak with library staff between 8:00 - 5:00 Monday-Thursday, or 8:00 - 4:00 Fridays, or email us at

Physical books and other library materials may be available for checkout during Fall 2020 by arrangement during specified hours.  Please contact the Circulation Desk to arrange for pickup, or to ask about options if you are not able to come to the Eureka campus.

Library books and DVDs may be returned in the book drop to the right of the front doors at any time.  Equipment checked out from the library must be returned in person; contact the Circulation Desk to make arrangements.

Student success and the library

Many classes have assignments that require students to locate reliable sources of information. Students often assume this information will be easy to locate on the web. If that assumption proves incorrect, librarians and library staff are ready to help you find what you need to meet the requirements of the assignment, whether in the library or on the internet. Below is some data showing the extent of library support we provide to students:

  • Eureka and Del Norte libraries have over 95K books, eBooks, DVDs, and other items that can be borrowed, including headphones, flash drives, calculators, laptops, study roooms
  • Library patrons borrow about 2K items per month
  • Eureka library has 45 and Del Norte library has 10 magazine subscriptions
  • Librarians and library staff answer about 18.5K questions per year
  • Librarians teach about 650 students how to do research per year
  • Eureka and Del Norte libraries have 37 online research databases, which are searched by students about 75K times per year