San Rafael Public Library

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Travel the Library Landscape: Twenty-five years of MARINet

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You’ve got your routines. Your go-tos. Your regular haunts. It’s time to branch out. Did you know there are twenty-two different public and academic library locations you can visit within Marin County?

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They’re all part of the MARINet consortium, which just turned twenty-five.Pick up a special commemorative passport at any MARINet library, get it stamped as you visit new library locations, and your next vacation could be on us. Get more adventurous – try MARINet services, explore library archives, visit Friends bookstores – and you have an even better chance of winning fabulous prizes: $250 Southwest Airlines gift cards, $100 Amtrak gift certificates and $50 Clipper Cards.

Learn more about this exciting program!

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We need your opinion about library facilities in San Rafael!

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Update: Surveys are now closed. Thank you to the 1,000+ of you who participated!

We need your opinion about library facilities in San Rafael!

In June, over 69% of San Rafael voters supported Measure D to maintain the library’s open hours and keep books on the shelves. Thanks to this support, the San Rafael Public Library is able to continue serving our community with top-notch library services and to look ahead to the future.

The City of San Rafael is now considering options for the future of our library facilities. Since the Downtown San Rafael Library was first constructed in 1908, the city’s population has grown more than tenfold. Our 100-year-old Downtown building no longer meets the community’s needs for space, technology, and services. The Pickleweed Branch Library also needs to improve its space to meet our community’s needs.

We are now seeking community input to help us understand our residents’ needs and help guide future decisions about the existing locations and potential new locations for our libraries. Deep and broad community input will help the San Rafael Public Library understand and meet our community’s current and future library needs. Postcard mailers with survey information will arrive soon in every residential mailbox in San Rafael.

Surveys can be filled out in English or Spanish in paper format (copies available at both the Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries) or online:

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New Strategic Plan

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We are pleased to introduce the San Rafael Public Library’s new strategic plan to help us improve services for you over the next two years. This plan was put together as a result of a community survey, demographic and library use data analysis, and library staff brainstorming.

In addition to new goals to work on for the next two years, we have a new mission statement too: “Engage, empower, and enrich our community through innovation, imagination, and inspiration.”

Read through our 2017-2018 Strategic Plan and let us know if you have questions or comments by commenting below or emailing us at library@cityofsanrafael.org.

We are your library!

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