San Rafael Public Library


Your Library

The San Rafael Public Library is proud to offer two community libraries: the Downtown Library at 5th and E Streets and the Pickleweed Library on Canal Street. We offer full physical and digital collections with books, movies, television shows, and music for all ages. Our in-library services include computers and WiFi, events and classes, and research and homework assistance. Our digital branch ( offers downloadable eBooks and eAudioBooks, cover-to-cover magazines and newspapers, live homework help, and tons more. The library also extends beyond our walls with our many outreach services.

Mission Statement

Engage, empower, and enrich our community through innovation, imagination, and inspiration.

Library Trustees

Library Board of Trustees

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.

2018/2019 Library Use Statistics

The library was used more than ever last fiscal year (July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019). Take a look at our annual report highlighting the most interesting numbers!

Library Strategic Plan

We have a plan! Read through our Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 and tell us what you think!

A Vision for the Future

Read the Community Vision for the San Rafael Public Library (y Visión Comunitaria a 10 años Biblioteca Pública de San Rafael)!

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.

Fun Library Facts

Library History

Our Beautiful Library Trees

Library Policies

Guidelines for Library Use (Normas para el Uso de la Biblioteca)
Child Safety Policy (Política de Seguridad Infantil)
Checkout Limits and Fees (Limites de Prestamos, Cargos y Multas)
Computer and Internet Access Policy
3D Printing Policy
City of San Rafael Posting Policy
San Rafael Public Library Web Commenting and Posting Policy
Privacy Policy (Poliza de Privacidad)
Community Information Posting Policy
Group Visit Guidelines for Schools and Other Youth Groups
Collection Development Policy
Request for Removal or Reconsideration of Library Material
Lost and Damaged Items Policy

The Library also affirms the principles upheld in the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics and Library Bill of Rights.

  • Downtown Library

    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

    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

    Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds: Closed
    Thurs, Fri, Sat: 12-4

    (415) 524-2694

    5800 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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    About the Library
    City of San Rafael
    Library Board of Trustees
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