San Rafael Public Library


Your Library

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.

Mission Statement

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

City of San Rafael

The San Rafael Public Library is a part of the Library & Recreation department of the City of San Rafael.

Library Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees provides input on policies and regulations regarding the library’s budget, programs, outreach and facilities.

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.

Fun Library Facts

Library History

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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