San Rafael Public Library

Group Visit Guidelines for the Downtown Library’s Children’s Room

What are the guidelines for children’s group and class visits to the Downtown San Rafael Public Library?

A group visit is an excellent opportunity to learn about the library. Visits may include an introductory tour of the library’s materials and services, instruction on finding books and information, storytime, and/or book talks.

How do I arrange a group visit?

In order to make your visit a quality experience and to make sure the library can accommodate your group, meet the needs of our walk-in patrons, and avoid conflicts with already scheduled library programs, we ask that you follow these guidelines: groups of 5 or more must book a visit 2 weeks in advance with the Children’s Services staff. Stop by or call the Children’s Room Reference Desk at (415) 485-3322 to schedule a visit. Please be aware that we will have to find a time which avoids conflicts and when there is sufficient staff to accommodate your group.

How do I get library cards for my group?

Please contact the Children’s Room Reference Desk at (415) 485-3322 if you would like your class or children’s group to obtain library cards. Library card applications need to be returned at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled visit if the children are to pick up their cards on the day of the visit.

Can I bring my group to regular storytimes or library programs?

Groups of 5 or fewer may come to our regularly scheduled storytimes and library programs. If you’d like to bring a group of 5 or more children to a regularly scheduled storytime or library program, please contact the Children’s Room Reference Desk at (415) 485-3322 to arrange a special storytime or program for your group. Groups must be accompanied by an adequate number of responsible adults.

How many times may a group visit the library?

We would like to accommodate as many daycares, schools and organizations as possible in the City of San Rafael, our service area. Since staffing is limited, we will allow classes and groups 2 scheduled visits per year. Groups must be accompanied by an adequate number of responsible adults so staff can meet the needs of our walk-in patrons.

  • Downtown Library

    Sun: 1-5
    Mon: 1-8
    Tues, Weds, Thurs: 10-8
    Fri & Sat: 10-5

    (415) 485-3323

    1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue)
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Pickleweed Library

    Sun & Mon: Closed
    Tues & Weds: 1-8
    Thurs: 11-8
    Fri & Sat: 11-5

    (415) 485-3483

    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Pop-Up Library

    Mon, Weds, Thurs: 1-8
    Fri, Sat, Sun: 1-5
    Tues: closed

    (415) 524-2694

    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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