San Rafael Public Library

Library Updates

We’re Back! Expanded Hours & Services

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We're back! New library hours starting Jan 9


Monday-Thursday, 9:00-7:00
Friday-Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Tuesday-Wednesday, 9:00-5:00
Thursday, 11:00-7:00
Friday-Saturday, 10:00-5:00

Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00-5:00


If I have a question, when can I call?
Our phones will continue to operate during our open hours. We will also continue to be available via Chat during our open hours.

How else can I get in contact with you?
You are always welcome to send us an email at

Will computer availability change?
Computers are available at our Downtown and Pickleweed locations during open hours.

Will anything about my checkouts change?
Our checkout limits have recently been expanded! We have also been fine-free since July 2021.

What about programming?
We are continuing to offer both virtual and in-person programs. Please check our Event calendar.

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Winter 2021 Closure

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Due to the winter holidays, all San Rafael Public Library locations will be closed during the last week of December.

Closed: Friday, Dec. 24
Re-opening: Monday, Jan. 3

Closed: Friday, Dec. 24
Re-opening: Thursday, Jan. 6

Closed: Monday, Dec. 20
Re-opening: Tuesday, Jan. 4

Please note that the Albert J. Boro Community Center will also be closed during the same time as the Pickleweed Library. Most City departments/facilities will be closed between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2, and will re-open for services on Jan. 3.


Q: Will the book drops be open? 

A: Our book drops will be CLOSED. The earliest that items will be due after our closure will be Monday, January 10. SRPL has been fine-free since July – no late fees will be collected. Please keep your items until we reopen.

If you leave books outside our buildings, you will be responsible for any damage or theft. 

A red stop sign over a photo of someone returning books in the book drop. Dec 24-Jan 2.

Q: Will the book drop on Lucas Valley Road be open? 

A: Yes, this book drop will be open for material returns. Please note it may take up to a few days for your items to be scanned in and taken off your record.


Q: What will happen to my holds? 

A: All holds on the shelves when we close on Thursday, December 23 will remain on the shelves until Monday, January 10. No holds will be transferred to our libraries during this closure.


Q: Will the WiFi stay on? 

A: Yes.


Q: Are other MARINet libraries going to be open? When? 

A: Please check the status of each MARINet library you plan to visit. Their hours may change.



Cierre de invierno 2021


La Biblioteca Pública de San Rafael y sucursales permanecerán cerradas la última semana de diciembre.

Cerrado: viernes, el 24 de dic
Abierto: lunes, el 3 de ene

Cerrado: viernes, el 24 de dic
Abierto: jueves, el 6 de ene

Cerrado: lunes, el 20 de dic
Abierto: martes, el 4 de ene

La Biblioteca Pickleweed y el Centro Comunitario Albert J. Boro cerrarán sus puertas a partir del lunes 20 de diciembre y reabrirán el lunes 3 de enero.


¿Estarán abiertos los buzones? 

Los buzones estarán CERRADOS. Los préstamos a vencer tendrán la fecha del lunes 10 de enero. No habrá multas. 

Usted será responsible de los daños o robo a devoluciones que deje afuera de la biblioteca.

¿Qué pasará con mis pedidos?

Todos los encargos permanecerán en los estantes durante el cierre de la biblioteca desde el jueves 23 de diciembre hasta el lunes 10 de enero. Ningún pedido será transferido o removido a otra biblioteca durante el cierre.


¿Estará disponible el WiFi ? 



¿Estarán abiertas otras bibliotecas del consorcio de MARINet? ¿Cuándo? 

Respuesta: Visite el sitio web de  MARINet library para consultar los horarios y planear su visita. Podrían cambiar los horarios.


¿Estará abierto el buzón en Lucas Valley Rd? 

Si, este buzón permanecerá abierto para hacer sus devoluciones. Nota: puede que tome más de un par de días para que sus devoluciones sean registradas en el sistema.

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Letter to your future self

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SRPL invites you to write a letter to your future self! In 2022, we mailed out all the letters you had written to yourself in 2021.

Two photos side by side. In each photo, a different library staff person is standing next to a USPS mail box holding letters. It's clearly winter, as they are in coats and the trees are bare.

Join us for this program once again!

Pick up a set of stationery at all of our branches; we’ve got different sets for all ages, from little ones to adults. You can write about whatever you wish: your hopes and dreams for the coming year, plans you’re looking forward to, a list of things you love – anything goes! You are also more than welcome to draw or paint your letter instead, write a poem, or just express yourself in any way.

Once your letter is ready, return it to us sealed in the envelope, self-addressed, that we provide, and we’ll do the rest! Your letter will arrive in one year.

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  • Downtown Library

    Sun: 10:00-5:00
    Mon: 9:00-7:00
    Tues: 9:00-7:00
    Weds: 9:00-7:00
    Thurs: 9:00-7:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    (415) 485-3323

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

  • Pickleweed Library

    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: 9:00-5:00
    Weds: 9:00-5:00
    Thurs: 11:00-7:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    (415) 485-3483

    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Library

    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: closed
    Weds: 11:00-5:00
    Thurs: 11:00-5:00
    Fri: 11:00-5:00
    Sat: 11:00-5:00

    (415) 890-5670

    5800 Northgate Drive Ste. 083
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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