We offer 3 branches of the San Rafael Public Library: Downtown, Pickleweed & Northgate, and belong to the MARINet consortium. This means that you can use your San Rafael Public Library card at any public or academic library in Marin County, and you can return materials to any location. We offer a diverse collection of physical and digital materials including books, movies, shows, music, free passes to parks and museums, and more. We also host programs and events for all ages. As of July 2021, the San Rafael Public Library is proud to be totally fine-free; you can enjoy library materials without fear of accruing late fees.
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The San Rafael Public Library acknowledges that we are located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok people of present-day Marin and southern Sonoma counties. We honor with gratitude the land itself, and all of its ancestors: past, present, and emerging.
City of San Rafael
The San Rafael Public Library is a part of the Library & Recreation department of the City of San Rafael.
Library Board of Trustees
The Library Board of Trustees provides input on policies and regulations regarding the library’s budget, programs, outreach and facilities. They provide support for the Library Director, support the Library Foundation in its quest for a new library, serve as advocates for the library to the City Council, and help increase the visibility of the library in the community
Support Your Library
Find out more about the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation.
Project for New and Improved San Rafael Public Library Facilities
This is the official project page to keep you up to date on the ongoing efforts to build new and improved San Rafael Public Library facilities.
Library Strategic Plan
We have a plan! Read through our Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 and tell us what you think!
Senior Parcel Tax Exemptions
If you are 65 years of age or older by July 1 of the tax year, and own and occupy your residence in San Rafael, you can file an tax exemption application (must be filed on or before June 1). Print out a Senior Exemption Application form.
Guidelines for Library Use (Normas para el Uso de la Biblioteca)
Child Safety Policy (Política de Seguridad Infantíl)
Checkout Limits and Fees (Limites de Préstamos, Cargos y Multas)
Lost and Damaged Items Policy
Computer and Internet Access Policy
City of San Rafael Posting Policy
San Rafael Public Library Web Commenting and Posting Policy
Community Information Posting Policy
Group Visit Guidelines for Schools and Other Youth Groups
Collection Development Policy
Gift & Donation Policy
The Library also affirms the principles upheld in the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics and Library Bill of Rights.