San Rafael, CA – The temporary and experimental pop-up library at the Northgate mall in San Rafael has been such a success, the three partnering agencies have agreed to keep it open through April 2020.
Created in December 2018 as a special holiday season treat for shoppers and other mall visitors, the branch was a collaboration between the Marin County Free Library (MCFL), the San Rafael Public Library and the mall owner, Merlone Geier Partners.
“Based on the success of the initial month-to-month pilot, and thanks to the support of Merlone-Geier Partners, we have extended our agreement,” said Henry Bankhead, Interim Director of the San Rafael Public Library. “We have created a partnership between local governments and local business to re-imagine public space and create free, easy access to a world of information and experiences.”
Merlone Geier Partners provided the 3,000 square feet of space, a former shoe store that is just a few steps from the food court and movie theater. It is stocked with materials initially supplied by MCFL, and it is staffed primarily with personnel from the San Rafael Public Library.
“We are thrilled our expanded service experiment has been such a tremendous success,” said MCFL Director Sara Jones. “We are reaching new library patrons and strengthening and expanding our collaboration and library services with the San Rafael Public Library. We especially appreciate the mall’s support as a full partner in a project that greatly benefits all.”
Patrons may check out books and other media, pick up items on hold, drop off checked-out materials, use the 3D printer, experience virtual reality, and participate in some other programming options.
The popup library also hosts a regular family storytime on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and a Northgate bookclub discussion at Peet’s Coffee every 3rd Thursday of the month.
The library hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
June 1 – August 31, 2019
Summer Reading 2019 is just around the corner and readers from Kindergarten through 111 years old are invited to take part.
We’re starting this year off with a big Summer Reading Blast-Off party on the Library lawn. From 1-4pm on June 1st everyone is invited to drop in, eat some tasty snacks, play some games, and sign up for summer reading. You can find all the fun details here.
Then, all summer long keep track of your reading, take part in fun space-themed library programs, and win prizes.
We can’t wait to see you at the library this summer!
We need your help! The San Rafael Library is conducting a survey about where we might build a new library, and we would like to hear your opinions. The survey will ask about some options for locating a new Downtown library, and you will have a chance to tell us what you like and dislike about each of the options.
The survey will take about 12 minutes of your time. To begin the survey, simply click on the link below.
This survey will be completely confidential. Your responses will be used only in combination with those of others who are participating in this survey.
Thanks in advance for your help. We hope you will be able to complete this important survey. Please click on the link below to begin the survey.
For more information about this project and the latest news, go to: https://srpubliclibrary.org/about/newlibraries/
¡La Biblioteca de San Rafael necesita su ayuda! Por medio de esta encuesta queremos saber su opinión acerca del lugar donde construir una nueva biblioteca. Esta encuesta le preguntará sobre algunas opciones y locaciones para la nueva biblioteca central. Usted tendrá la oportunidad de opinar sobre lo que le gusta y lo que no le gusta acerca de cada opción.
La encuesta le tomará aproximadamente 12 minutos de su valioso tiempo. Para empezar la encuesta, haga click en el enlace a continuación:
Enlace de la Encuesta
Esta encuesta será completamente confidencial. Sus respuestas serán utilizadas solo por el personal que está realizando esta encuesta.
De antemano agradecemos su cooperación y esperando que pueda completar esta encuesta tan importante para nosotros. A continuación por favor haga click en el enlace para empezar la encuesta.
Enlace de la Encuesta
If you’ve visited the downtown library in the past week you will have seen big changes underway at our West entrance (on E Street). The desk in the lobby has closed to make way for new, improved shelves for requested materials. You will now find all of your holds here including books, DVDs, and Link+ items.
You will also find plenty of self check machines in the lobby, so if you’re hoping to make a quick dash in to pick up something you’ve requested, you’ll be in and out in just moments.
Don’t worry, no one is losing their jobs and we’re all still here to help with everything from placing holds and paying fines, to finding your next great read. Now you’ll just come to see us at either the children’s room desk or at the main desk upstairs.
We hope to see you soon!
The pop-up library at Northgate Mall has been extended through the end of April 2020. Read more here.
Great news! Our pop-up library at Northgate Mall has been extended yet again. We will now be there through the end of April.
We hope to see you there!
As of March 1, 2019 our hours at the mall are changing. Here are the new hours:
Drop-off new socks in adult sizes to the downtown library lobby! Your donations will be passed along to the Ritter Center to provide warmth and comfort to our homeless neighbors.
The Teen Advisory Board brainstormed ways we can give back to our community. We settled on a sock drive to help keep our community’s feet warm, dry and healthy.
According to David Geffen from the School of Medicine at UCLA, “The average person walks about 4 miles a day. The average person struggling with homelessness walks 10 miles a day. Homeless individuals often rely on their feet as their primary means of transportation, but frequently do not have an opportunity to remove their shoes at the end of the day.”
Your donation of a pair or pack of socks will have a huge impact!