San Rafael Public Library

Library Updates

Big Changes At Downtown Library

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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!


Pop-Up Extended Through April!

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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!


UPDATE: 2/20/2019

As of March 1, 2019 our hours at the mall are changing. Here are the new hours:


New Mall Hours



Sock Drop for the Ritter Center

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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.

Why socks?

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!



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Pop-Up Library Grand Opening

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Announcing a Ribbon Cutting and the Grand opening of the Pop-Library at the Northgate Mall in San Rafael.

Have you heard the news? Together with the Marin County Free Library we have opened a pop-up location at the Northgate Mall.

This event will take place Wednesday, December 12th at 3 PM at the new library pop-up location, formerly Payless Shoes, just down from the food court and the movie theaters inside the mall.

We hope you can attend this inaugural event!



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We Have a Plan

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We are pleased to announce our new, updated Strategic Plan for 2018-2020. This update is the result of a collaborative revision process involving staff at all levels, departments, and locations of the San Rafael Public Library. The 2018-2020 plan acknowledges our achievements and gives us new goals to work towards over the next two years, in support of our mission statement: Engage, empower, and enrich our community through innovation, imagination, and inspiration.

Please read through the Plan and let us know if you have any questions or comments by commenting below or emailing us at

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Starlings are Here

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Thanks to a grant from the California State Library, we now have Starling wearable devices available for check out from both the Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries. Borrow a Starling for up to nine weeks and receive two picture books for your family to keep!

What the heck is a Starling you ask? Think of it as a pedometer for early literacy. The Starling clips to a young child’s clothing and counts the number of words they hear throughout the day. It calibrates to the environments the child is most frequently in and accurately counts the number of words in any language the child hears during interactions with parents and caregivers. The device syncs with an app on your phone or tablet and displays a daily word count along with tips and strategies to increase interaction with your child. After a few days, the app will also give you a daily word goal.

We are excited to provide technology that gives parents and caregivers more information to support both the quality and quantity of interactive time with their children. Stop by the Downtown Library Children’s Room or the Pickleweed Library to find out more and to check out a Starling.

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Kick Off Summer Vacation with the National Park Service

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We are partnering with the National Park Service to bring you Trilogies to Trails, bringing public libraries to public lands.

On Thursday June 14th at 4pm, kick off your summer vacation with a very special park ranger-led storytime! Participants will receive a Reading Ranger badge. No registration needed, and families with children of all ages are welcome!

We still have space on our Crissy Field Trip this Saturday, June 16th, leaving the library at 10am. A park ranger will lead participants on a hike to the Golden Gate Bridge, or you can just enjoy the beach at Crissy Field with your family. All ages are welcome on the trip, and all youth ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Lunch and transportation are all provided. Register by calling us at 415-485-3322, or email

And don’t forget to sign-up for Summer Reading and visit the San Rafael Public Libraries to pick up your prizes and all the books you need for a great summer!

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Help us shape the future of libraries in San Rafael!

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The City of San Rafael is examining options for building new and improved library facilities. This is stage two of three stages of community meetings. We need YOUR input!

Tuesday, October 16—6-7pm—Terra Linda Community Center
Overview of project & discussion of the possibility of a new branch in Terra Linda.

Thursday, October 18—6-7pm— B Street Community Center
Overview of project & discussion of the possibility of a new Downtown Library.

Saturday, October 20 —2-3pm—Albert J. Boro Community Center
Overview of project & discussion of the possibility of a Pickleweed branch expansion


For more information about this project and the latest news, go to:

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Free Legal and Financial Help Online

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Are you interested in learning more about managing your personal finances or navigating confusing tax laws? Or perhaps you’re interested in learning more about a particular legal topic- whether it’s fighting a ticket or communicating with a landlord:

If these topics interest you, we have an excellent database available to San Rafael Public Library card holders called the Legal Information Reference Center (LIRC):


LIRC is  full of self-help legal eBooks and guides and you can access them in the library or remotely using your library card number. Most importantly, the materials in this database are full-text and written in plain language!


To browse the Legal Information Reference Center, please visit the library or, from home,  have your library card handy and visit our eBooks page here: 

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