Ancestry offers research tools and access to billions of records across U.S. and international collections for censuses, vital records, military documents, ship lists, directories and more.
Access to this database is free at all seven branch libraries, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Colusa County Free Library. 

Covid-19 Library Services Update


Since mid-March 2020, the Colusa County Free Library has been working diligently to provide continued services to the community despite the physical closure of our libraries as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We have been thankful for your support and understanding as we have navigated unchartered territory, learned new skills, offered new digital lending platforms, and implemented digital programming for the first time. Simultaneously, we have been planning for both when the library would open its doors, and how to open safely. The well being of our community has been the top consideration in every decision we have made. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

You can now visit our seven library locations with limited occupancy. The public will be able to visit and browse any of the locations. 

Patrons can continue to use curbside service at all locations, and computers are still limited to school and personal or professional needs, no gaming.

Are face coverings required?
We require all patrons who have not been fully vaccinated to wear a mask at all times in accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidelines, unless they are exempt as defined by CDPH.

What safety measures are in place at the library?
Public health and safety are our priorities. Please be advised that a few things have changed to help reduce contact and slow the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented the following safety measures:

  • Face coverings are required for those who have NOT been fully vaccinated, over the age of two
  • We are practicing social distancing – observe all signage and markers
  • Libraries will have limited occupancy and seating to ensure proper social distancing 
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are provided for use prior to entry, and frequent hand-washing is encouraged
  • Staff conduct daily health checks
  • High-touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly

Please keep yourself and others safe by:

  • Staying home if you’re experiencing symptoms of any illness
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands frequently
  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from staff and other patrons
  • Respecting social distancing guidelines
  • Following the instructions of the library and security staff

Are there limits on the number of people allowed into the building?
Yes. Our occupancy is limited to ensure that all can maintain social distancing following public health orders. Thank you for your patience.

How do I return items?
Patrons can return library materials during our hours of operation in designated bins. Book drops are also available. All materials are sanitized to the best of our ability before returning to circulation.

Can I drop off donated materials?
The library is taking limited donations, by appointment at this time. Please call 458-0143, to discuss donation options.

What services are available?
The following in-person services are available:

  • Browsing book stacks, using microfilm machine
  • Reading periodicals and other materials with limited seating
  • Curbside pickup and returns, along with in-person check outs
  • Computer use and printing
  • Photocopying and faxing 
  • Coloring sheets and passive programming
  • Grab and go and other take and make activities, weekly

The following virtual services are available:

  • Virtual Story Times in English and Spanish
  • Fun challenges and simple at-home projects for kids on the library Facebook page
  • Databases, eMaterials, and online assistance can be found in our eLibrary 

What in-person programming is available?
Each week, we offer many grab and go programs, such as Raising a Reader, STEAM and Sensory kits and Crafternoon supplies. In-person programming is not yet available at the library.

What if I don’t feel comfortable coming into the library?
Please feel free to continue using curbside pickup and return service and join us for our virtual programs.

We anticipate many changes to our policies and procedures in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. Directives are changing daily, and we are doing our best to provide the best service possible to all of Colusa County. In the meantime, we encourage you to use our digital library resources, which will continue to be available at any time to all library patrons. On our eLibrary page, you will find links to several databases that offer eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, journals and access to the New York Times newspaper.

Branch hours and contact information

Main branch Colusa, 458-7671

  • Monday: Closed for appointment based access for high-risk patrons
  • Tuesday 10:00-6:00
  • Wednesday 10:00-5:00
  • Thursday 10:00-6:00
  • Friday 10:00-5:00
  • Saturday 10:00-2:00

Arbuckle, 476-2526

  • Monday 1:00-6:00
  • Tuesday 10:00-3:00
  • Wednesday 1:00-6:00

Grimes, 437-2428

  • Tuesday 2:00-6:00
  • Thursday 2:00-6:00

Maxwell, 438-2250

  • Tuesday 1:30-6:00
  • Wednesday 1:30-6:00 
  • Thursday 1:30-6:00

Princeton, 439-2235

  • Monday 8:30-1:00
  • Tuesday 8:30-1:00
  • Wednesday 8:30-1:00

Stonyford, 963-3722

  • Friday 10:30-2:30

Williams, 473-5955

  • Tuesday noon-6:00
  • Wednesday 1:00-6:00
  • Thursday noon-6:00

For questions related to the County’s response to Covid-19, please visit: 

Colusa County Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health
State of California Guidelines

New York Times

The California State Library is pleased to offer the New York Times online to California public libraries! This offer features direct access to from 1851 to right now, including:

The State Library is supporting this resource for California public libraries for at least the next 18 months. You can sign up using the link above and a current email address. Registration is required, but is very simple. Enjoy!

Career Online High School

Colusa County Free Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online.

The Library’s pilot program provides a limited number of free enrollments to qualified adult learners who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education. Career Online High School through the Colusa County Free Library is open to all eligible County residents.

Applicants who successfully complete an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview, will be considered for enrollment.

Once enrolled, COHS pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program.

Are you ready? If you are interested in the program, please contact the Literacy Coordinator at 530/458-0373.

Branch Contact Information & Hours of Operation