San Rafael Public Library

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How much does the San Rafael Public Library get used?

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We at the San Rafael Public Library are so pleased that our neighbors continue to use the library’s services so heavily. That’s what we’re here for, after all! The library was used more than ever over the last year.

Take a look at our one page report highlighting the most interesting numbers from the last year!

Digital branch use continues to increase by leaps and bounds: the number of visitors to our website is up an astounding 37%, digital resource/database use increased 5%, eBooks and eAudiobooks use increased 13%, followers on Twitter increased 16%, and fans on Facebook (Downtown and Pickleweed accounts) increased 6%.

cupcake celebrationOver the last year we’ve added 13,425 new items to our physical collections (books, audiobooks, DVDs, Blu-Ray, Playaways, etc.). This is a 20% increase in the new items you see on our shelves in only one year!

Have questions? Ideas? Other numbers you’d like to see? Leave a comment here or email us at

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Travel Vicariously for Bookshelf Bingo

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With the Rio Olympics starting on Friday, we thought we’d bring a taste of Brazil to those not planning to go. We also updated our Olympic-themed list from four years ago.

If you’re playing along with our Adult Summer Reading Program, Bookshelf Bingo, then you can use one of these books to complete the square, “Book set somewhere you’ve never been (but want to go).” But hurry, there’s just one month left in the summer program. Don’t miss out on our great prizes and a chance for even better prizes with the bingo raffle!

And if Brazil has never tickled your fancy, then try these lists based on other locales:

Destination: Berlin


Havana Heat: Cuba


London Calling


We’ll Always have Paris


Bon voyage by book! As always, if you want more help finding your next great read, contact us or drop by the library.


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Library Community Needs Assessment Survey / Encuesta de Evaluación de Necesidades Comunitarias de la Biblioteca

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We need your opinion!

The San Rafael Public Library is in the process of setting goals for the next few years for new projects and service priorities. We would greatly appreciate it if you could answer a few questions for us. The survey will take only about five minutes of your time. Fill out the survey in English. Thank you!


La Biblioteca Pública de San Rafael se encuentra en el  proceso de establecer objetivos para los próximos años en cuanto a nuevos proyectos y prioridades de servicio.  Mucho agradeceríamos que nos pudiese responder algunas preguntas. La encuesta le tomará sólo cinco minutos de su tiempo. Encuesta de Evaluación en Español. ¡Gracias!


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