San Rafael Public Library

Get a Library Card

Posted by sarah on

Your library card will be the most valuable card in your wallet. We promise.

To get a card, fill out the online application (works for both adults and kids).  Then come into the library with photo ID and proof of address to get your full service library card!

Getting a card is free as long as you live in California, and as long as you live in Marin you can access our many downloadable eBooks, magazines, newspapers, and other online resources too.

4 responses to “Get a Library Card”

  1. Hien says:

    I would like a library card but am unable to provide proof of address.

    • sarah says:

      Proof of address can be a piece of mail received at your address or a government-issued ID. If you can’t provide any of those, please contact us and describe your situation–we might be able to help! Call us at 415-485-3323.

  2. Sally says:

    Online books are for Marin residents only? Your text is not that clear.

    • sarah says:

      So sorry to have not been clearer! Library digital resources on the whole (eBooks, eAudioBooks, eVideo, etc.) are for San Rafael residents only for those resources subscribed to by San Rafael Public Library. Many resources are subscribed to by MARINet though, the consortium of all public and academic libraries in Marin, so any Marin resident can access that list of resources (eBooks: and databases: The companies that license these resources to us require that we validate on residence–so that only taxpayers in our jurisdiction (be it the City of San Rafael or elsewhere) can have access to these resources. It’s the same for all libraries in the U.S. Sometimes frustrating, but those are the terms of the people who license the content to us. Please let us know if we can be of additional assistance!

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