San Rafael Public Library


Your Library

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 ( 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. We are not your mother’s library. Come see how we’ve changed!

Library Trustees

Library Board of Trustees

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

The Library has developed a strategic plan to guide our focus and time over the next several years. Much of it comes from what you told us when we surveyed you in late 2012. Read our Strategic Plan 2013-2017 and tell us what you think!

A Vision for the Future

Read the Community Vision for the San Rafael Public Library (y Visión Comunitaria a 10 años Biblioteca Pública de San Rafael)!

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

Library History

Our Beautiful Library Trees

Library Policies

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
Website Disclaimer
Web Commenting and Posting Policy
Privacy 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

The Library also affirms the principles upheld in the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics and Library Bill of Rights.