San Rafael Public Library


Your Library

The San Rafael Public Library is comprised of three branches – Downtown, Pickleweed, and Northgate – and we 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.

Mission Statement

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

Land Acknowledgment

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.

Downtown Library Renovation and Expansion Projects

Take a look at the official project page to stay up-to-date on the ongoing efforts to build new and improved San Rafael Public Library facilities.

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.

Library Policies

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
Privacy Policy (Poliza de Privacidad)
Computer and Internet Access Policy

City of San Rafael Website Privacy and Posting Guidelines
San Rafael Public Library Web Commenting and Posting Policy
Community Information Posting Policy

Group Visit Guidelines (Guía para Visitas en Grupo)
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.

Library & Local History

Library History Timeline
Online Local History Collection

  • Downtown Library

    Sun: 10:00-5:00
    Mon: 10:00-5:00
    Tues: 10:00-7:00
    Weds: 10:00-7:00
    Thurs: 10:00-5:00
    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: 10:00-5:00
    Weds: 10:00-5:00
    Thurs: 12:00-7:00
    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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