The main branch of the Colusa County Free Library is seeking photo submissions to help determine the color palette for the “Colors of Colusa County Mary Winters Memorial Mural” set to be painted by local artists Sierra Reading and Ross Roadruck this summer!

Each beam beside our Library door will be painted a color that is representative of the palette of Colusa County - and we need your help in identifying the represented colors! Between April 15th and May 7th Colusa County residents are encouraged to submit their own original high resolution .jpeg photos of their favorite areas of the county. The colors depicted throughout these photos will be selected for the palette used in creating the upcoming mural, with each color representing a different area of the county. We are looking for images from across the entire county - from Stonyford to Grimes; Princeton to Arbuckle; and everywhere in between. Colusa County is vibrant and diverse in its beauty, and the color options are limitless.

The submissions can be of iconic imagery, such as the almond blossoms of Arbuckle, the feathers of a mallard in Colusa, the Princeton Ferry crossing the Sacramento River, or the beautiful wildflowers of Bear Valley.  They can also feature more personal images of favorite buildings, craggy creeks, anything that make you feel at home here.  Get creative!  There are only three requirements: 

  1.  The images must be taken in Colusa County; 
  2. The images must be submitted in high resolution .jpeg format; and,
  3. The images should represent what you love most about where we live, work and play. 

Photo submissions will be accepted April 15th through May 7th, and should be sent via email to County Librarian Stacey Costello at  

Images must be submitted by individuals 18 years of age or older, or by parent or legal guardian; the images may be reproduced, modified, edited, or shared by the library to fit the scope of the library mural and associated projects. 
By submitting an image, you agree that you release and hold harmless the County and its officers, employees, agents and assigns from any and all claims resulting therefrom, and shall not seek any compensation for any use of the image(s). This release shall continue indefinitely and is binding on the submitter, his/her heirs, legal representatives and assigns.  

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 for up to one hour. 

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?
Yes. All patrons and staff are asked to wear CDC recommended masks, at all times. If you cannot wear a face-covering during your visit, you are welcome to use our curbside service.

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 at all times for anyone two years or older
  • We are practicing social distancing – observe all signage and markers
  • Libraries will have limited occupancy and seating to ensure proper social distancing 
  • Library visits are limited to one hour per patron
  • 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
  • Wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, which is required for all patrons two years or older
  • Washing or sanitizing your hands frequently
  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from staff and other patrons
  • Respecting social distancing guidelines and limiting your visit to one hour
  • 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. Returned items will be placed in quarantine for 24 hours and will not be checked in immediately. Items may take up to a week to be removed from your account.

Can I drop off donated materials?
The library is not accepting donations at this time.

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

  • Curbside pickup and returns
  • Computer use and printing
  • Photocopying and faxing 

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.

If you are interested in the program, please contact County Librarian, Stacey Zwald Costello at 530/458-0372.

Branch Contact Information & Hours of Operation