San Rafael Public Library

Library Updates

Access streaming music, movies, audiobooks, and eBooks – with your library card!

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The San Rafael Public Library is proud to offer access to Hoopla! We’ve had this for several months and it’s really taking off. You and your neighbors love it and we couldn’t be happier!

You can log into Hoopla with your San Rafael Public Library Card and get access to thousands of streaming movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks! No holds, no waiting!

Paying for Netflix, Spotify, or Audible? Check this service out because it could provide you with what you need–courtesy of your local public library! Just make sure you have a library card!

You can also moves seamlessly between different devices – you can listen to or watch something at home and then pick it up later on your smartphone. You can also broadcast Hoopla’s content to Chromecast and Apple TV.

The collection in Hoopla changes from time to time, but here’s a sampling of what’s available to give you a taste of the awesomeness:

  • Disney movies
  • Substantial collections from BBC and PBS
  • Ken Burns specials
  • Comics from Dark Horse, Vertigo, Marvel, and more
  • 2016 award-winning albums
  • Digital box sets of music

If you have any questions about using Hoopla, just pop us a chat (using the little chat widget in the lower right of your screen) or email us at

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Win Prizes by Visiting Marin’s Libraries!

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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?


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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Book Recommendations in your Inbox

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Meet your next favorite bookLooking for something good to read? Some beach reads, science fiction, mysteries, or even audio books? BAM! The library can help!

Sign up for our book recommendation newsletters and get themed book lists e-mailed to you with peeks at book covers, brief descriptions, and links to the library catalog. All newsletters are sent on a monthly basis, unless otherwise noted.

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The Library Loves You All Valentine’s Week!

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As is our tradition, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the San Rafael Public Library is celebrating “The Library Loves You Week” from Monday, February 13th through Sunday, February 19th at both libraries—Downtown and Pickleweed.

We at the Library are immensely thankful to our community for their ongoing support and the Library staff wanted to give a little something back to our neighbors during Cupid’s month.

Each day the libraries will offer a different gift to the community.

  • Monday, February 13 – personalized book recommendation from an expert librarian
  • Tuesday, February 14 – library card holder
  • Wednesday, February 15 – fun pencil
  • Thursday, February 16 – finger puppet for kids at all storytimes, and a make-and-take craft (while supplies last)
  • Friday, February 17 – bracelet key ring to hold library card
  • Saturday, February 18 – book bag
  • Sunday, February 19 – literary temporary tattoo

Visit your libraries and get a little love!

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Marin’s One Book One Marin selection for 2017 – The Tsar of Love and Techno

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All of Marin is reading this book, and we have lots of events happing around the book throughout Marin, so join the experience and learn some history along the way.

Here’s what’s happening at the San Rafael Downtown Library.

February 27, 6:30-7:30 Book Talk with Librarian, Pam Klein
March 6, 6:30 – 7:30 Russian Culture Talk with professors Svetlana Kristal and Krista Hanson entitled: Loyalty Through Betrayal: Us Versus Them in a Russian Context
March 30, 6:30 – 7:30 Russian Travel talk with Rea Franjetic of Cosmopolitan Tours, entitled: Armchair Travel to Russia.
April 2, 1:00 – 4:00 – Faux Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Request a copy of The Tsar of Love and Techno in print, large type, or as a downloadable e-book or e-audiobook.

Read more about the book, the author, and all events in Marin on the One Book One Marin site here.

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Celebrating African American Innovators, Game-changers, and History-makers

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February is Black History Month, but we celebrate African American and diaspora innovators, game-changers, and history-makers 24/7/365 at the Library! Come check out Black History Month displays in both the Children’s Room and on our second floor Adult Services area and learn about your favorite African American heroes and meet some new ones!

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2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

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Every year the American Library Association honors outstanding contributions to youth literature, including the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and other awards. Use this list to find this year’s winners at the San Rafael Public Library and other MARINet libraries.

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Get free and discounted museum passes with your library card!

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Discover and Go museum passesThe libraries in Marin provide all library cardholders with access to an amazing service — Discover & Go, which offers free and discounted passes to local museums, aquariums, science centers, and other cultural institutions.  Just pick one of the many museums and other cultural institutions, log in with your library card, and print your pass at home (or access it on your smartphone)!

Get passes to the California Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and many more! Log in now and start saving!

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