The mission of the Butte County Library is to provide all individuals, regardless of age, ethnic background, educational or economic level, with free access to ideas, information, and technology.


New Chico Library Branch Hours Effective July 6, 2015:

Chico Branch
Tuesday               11 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday         11 AM - 7 PM
Thursday              10 AM - 7 PM
Friday                    10 AM - 5 PM
Saturday                9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday                  1 PM - 5 PM

All Library Branches will be closed on Mondays.

Summer Reading begins in June. Sign up and get your reading log at your branch.

California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.

TumbleBooks has launched a TumbleBook-of-the-Day Program. A new book appears every day...for FREE! The link works on any web browser, including the one on your phone. You do not need to be in the library. The link works anywhere. See more books when you are in the library at TumbleBooks.

 "Reading HERO,” a new program at the Oroville Branch of Butte County Library, brings community members and children together to share in the joy of reading on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The program is free and informal: children can drop in anytime between 3 and 4 pm to relax and listen to a story or two, read by the volunteers.

Wireless printing from your laptop available in the Chico, Durham, Oroville and Paradise branches.  Click to download a temporary printer driver. (The driver may only be downloaded when you're connected to wifi in a branch library.)

Butte County Library's automated phone notification system has been updated. Patrons will be called by phone when their items are 1 day overdue. To renew your books contact your local branch during open hours or login to your account online anytime.

Library Newsletter - Find out about upcoming programs and events, staff reads and more.

Send print jobs from your home computer or laptop and pick up your prints at the Chico Library. Printing is available in Black & White only. Prints cost $0.10 per page. 


  • Chico Library TEEN DIGITAL MEDIA LAB kicks off August 1st, 12pm-2pm. Teens ages 12-17, bring in your video files and get help editing, or hang out and do it yourself. Call 530-891-2726 to sign up!
  • Chess Club meets at the Paradise Library, Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., and at the Oroville Library, Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00 pm.
  • Chico Branch Library shows movies every other Sunday at 2 p.m. Please call 891-2762 for information regarding what's playing. 
  • Ladies Night Out at the Movies. Men and teens are also invited to attend. Gridley Friends of the Library sponsor a recently released or classic movie the 3rd Friday of the month. Shown in the Gridley Library meeting room, doors open at 6:00pm.
  • Need help with your e-Reader or tablet? Visit the Chico Library’s weekly Tech User Group (Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm and Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm) or drop in for e-Reader Rescue at the Oroville Library (Wednesdays 3-4 pm). Learn how to set up your e-reader, smartphone, or tablet device to download free library e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks. Please bring your own device and plan to learn something new every time!
  • StoryTail Tutors is a free reading program for beginning, struggling and reluctant readers. Read to a trained and certified therapy dog in a relaxed library environment. Meets at the Chico Library, the 4th Saturday of every month at 2:00pm, ages 5 - 11 years.
  • Join the Junior Paradise Friends of the Library (JPFOL), a youth group ages 12-17, with the goal of making the public library a more teen friendly place. Meets at the Paradise Library  the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00pm.
  • Karaoke Night at the Durham Library. Fun for all ages! Refreshments will be served.The 2nd Friday of each month 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  
  • Knitters Night Out, free and open to all crafters. All ages and all skill levels. Bring your own crocheting, knitting, or other fiber project. Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm at Oroville Library,Wednesdays 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the  Chico Library, and Thursdays at noon at the Paradise branch.

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