The San Rafael Public Library is proud to offer two community libraries: the Downtown Library at 5th and E Streets and the Pickleweed Library on Canal Street. We offer full physical and digital collections with books, movies, television shows, and music for all ages. Our in-library services include computers and WiFi, events and classes, and research and homework assistance. Our digital branch (srpubliclibrary.org) offers downloadable eBooks and eAudioBooks, cover-to-cover magazines and newspapers, live homework help, and tons more. The library also extends beyond our walls with our many outreach services.
Engage, empower, and enrich our community through innovation, imagination, and inspiration.
2015/2016 Library Use Statistics
The library was used more than ever last fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Take a look at our one page report highlighting the most interesting numbers!
Library Strategic Plan
We have a plan! As a result of a community survey and data analysis, we at the library developed a plan for 2017-2018 to improve services in our libraries. Read through our Strategic Plan for 2017-2018 and tell us what you think!
A Vision for the Future
Your Support Equals Services (Measure C Success)
Thanks to the special library parcel tax (Measure C) approved by San Rafael Voters in June 2010, we’ve been able to add open hours and be available seven days a week. We’ve also been able to add more digital content and services, focusing on the needs of students and job-seekers. Thank you San Rafael! Learn more: We’re Better Together: All About the Library Parcel Tax.
Senior Parcel Tax Exemptions
If you are 65 years of age or older by July 1 of the tax year, and own and occupy your residence in San Rafael, you can file an tax exemption application (must be filed on or before June 1). Print out a parcel tax exemption form.
Fun Library Facts
Guidelines for Library Use (Normas para el Uso de la Biblioteca)
Child Safety Policy
Checkout Limits and Fees
Computer and Internet Access Policy (Adults and Teens)
Children’s Internet Policy
Web Commenting and Posting Policy
Community Information Posting Policy
Group Visit Guidelines for the Children’s Room
Collection Development Policy
Request for Removal or Reconsideration of Library Material
Lost and Damaged Items Policy