Effective December 11, 2020, the Colusa County Free Library will temporarily suspend in-person browsing due to the latest public health order. Patrons can continue to use curbside service at all seven branch locations, and are encouraged to access our digital collections and programs on our website and social media pages. 

To utilize the curbside pick-up service, please reserve the desired materials using your library account or calling library staff directly. Once your materials are ready, library staff will notify you, and give you a time to collect them. When you arrive, call the library from your car, or knock on the door. A staff member will bring the materials out to you, and either place them in your trunk or set them on top of the book drop for you to grab. Likewise, the ZIP Book program is ongoing, and library staff can take requests over the phone. 

The book drops will remain open for returning books. Please call your branch librarian to set up a return time for audiobooks and dvds, which cannot be placed in the book drop. We will continue to quarantine returned materials for three-five days, and sanitize them upon check in before putting them back into circulation. You will not accrue late fees during the quarantine period. We appreciate your patience, as this process has the potential to create a lag time between the items return and its availability to other patrons. 

We will monitor the ongoing situation and make adjustments as we can. Our mission is to connect our patrons to materials, information, and services that promote learning and enjoyment for all ages. We are still your Connection Point to the information you need, including books, movies, music, and much more, even at a six foot distance.

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 cleaning and sanitizing
  • 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

Since mid-March, 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.

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