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San Rafael offers first ever bamboo library cards!

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new library cardStarting on July 1, 2014, the San Rafael Public Library will begin offering bamboo library cards to library users.

During the entire month of July you can replace your old plastic card with a new, gorgeous bamboo library card for free! All new cards issued July 1 onward will also be bamboo instead of plastic.

We are proud to be the first library anywhere in the world (that we know of) to be offering library cards made out of renewable bamboo.

We have partnered with Grovemade, a leading designer of handcrafted wooden and leather accessories. The bamboo library cards were created to promote the City of San Rafael’s goals to create a greener environment through several initiatives, including changes in lifestyle, city operations, and construction.

Made from renewable wood, the library cards are individually hand sanded and oiled. The cards are just as durable as the plastic cards.

Join us in making our planet a better place and think of ways that you, too, can reduce plastic waste.


Summer Reading for all ages has started!

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Win prizes for reading! Seriously! You know you were going to read anyway…so now win stuff for reading even just one book!

The San Rafael Public Library challenges people of all ages to spend time reading and learning during the summer. Read, play games, attend free events, and earn fabulous prizes!

Cartoon bear holding books.This Friday, June 13th, our Summer Reading Programs start for all ages (and we mean all). We have unique programs for:

  • pre-readers
  • elementary school-aged kids
  • middle school-aged kids
  • teens and adults

Visit either of our libraries (Downtown or Pickleweed) to pick up a reading log and information about prizes and events.

Did you know that during summer break, students who do not spend time reading and learning can find their school year skills slipping backwards?  Teachers and literacy experts agree that reading for 20 minutes a day during the summer helps students retain their skills and return to school ready to learn.

Get more information about our summer reading programs for kids and for teens and adults. Questions? Pop us an email at

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  • Downtown Library

    Curbside Pickup Hours (by appointment only)
    Sun: closed
    Mon, Tues, Weds: 10-4
    Thurs: 12-6
    Fri & Sat: 10-4

    (415) 485-3323

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

  • Pickleweed Library

    Curbside Pickup Hours (appointment & walk-up)
    Sat, Sun & Mon: Closed
    Tues: 10-4
    Weds & Thurs: 12-6
    Fri: 10-4

    (415) 485-3483

    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Library

    Currently Closed

    (415) 485-3323

    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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