Yreka Branch Library

719 4th Street
Yreka, CA 96097

530-842-8807

Library Hours

Monday 1pm - 5pm 

Tuesday 1pm - 5pm 

Wednesday 12pm - 4pm 

Thursday 12pm - 4pm 

Friday 12pm - 4pm 

Saturday 12pm - 4pm

About

After the discovery of gold in March 1851 in the Yreka area, the need for artistic and literary culture became readily apparent. The ladies of Yreka met the challenge by forming the Yreka Ladies’s Library Association in 1857. At that time they had an inventory of 300 books, which moved to various locations particularly on Miner Street. The elected officials of the City of Yreka in 1910 were convinced that a public-operated library was a community necessity. They adopted Ordinance no. 68 and levied a tax for the maintenance of the free library system. In 1913, city officials applied for funds from the Carnegie Corporation to build a permanent location for the library and acquired land at 412 W. Miner Street. In 1914, the Corporation gave $8,000 and bids were solicited for the Carnegie library in Yreka. The grand opening of the Yreka Carnegie Library was held on October 21, 1915. The library remained at this location until it was consolidated with the County Library and moved to 719 4th Street, on April 26, 1970. Since that time the County Library has served as the headquarters for the County Library System and the City of Yreka's public library. The Carnegie building has been maintained and is now the City of Yreka’s police department.

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