San Rafael Public Library

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 These resources are accessible from anywhere with your library card. While most resources are available to all MARINet patrons, some are limited to patrons whose home library is San Rafael. If you need help with your library card number, please contact us.

Popular Resources

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San Rafael patrons only.

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San Rafael patrons only.

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All Marin County residents.



Community Collections

San Rafael Creates

Digital collections featuring local art, history, music, and writing. Submissions are welcome!

eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Streaming

Genealogy Library Edition — Access available in-person at the library.

Genealogical information and records including the U.S. and Canadian Census, and the Social Security Death Index.


Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow

Resume and interview tips, live coaching, resume templates, job and career resources. Also support tools and resources for Veterans.

Other resources, such as LinkedIn Learning and LearningExpress, also have modules for job seekers. The California State Library’s CAreer Pathways site also has more links to explore. Check them out!

Learning Resources

Access World News

A comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center

Career resources including practice tests for high school equivalency and US Citizenship tests, Microsoft Office help, and other career resources.


Online courses aimed at building relevant job skills, with some coursework including higher education credits or professional certification. Returning users can log in through the main portal.

Driving-Tests.orgAccess for San Rafael Public Library patrons only.

Free California DMV practice tests and guidebooks for cars, motorcycles, and commercial licenses (in English and Spanish).


A live online learning platform specifically for older adults, with classes covering a multitude of subjects from technology to exercise.


Contains practice tests for college and career prep, educator resources, career help, digital skill-building tutorials, and resources for Spanish speakers.

LinkedIn Learning

Online learning centered on professional development, including courses from as well as new learning programs. Available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese.

Mango Languages

Online language learning program in a variety of languages, focusing on everyday conversational skills. Also includes English as a second language.


Classes on essential digital literacy skills, including basics, specific software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, social media, and career search skills.

Resources on anti-racism and equity

A curated list of online and physical resources about anti-racism and equity, including materials for educators, families, and children, links to various local and national organizations, and podcasts and articles.


Online learning platform where creators share their knowledge on everything from cooking to graphic design to video editing.

Newspapers & Magazines

California Digital Newspaper Collection

The CA Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 1,500,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-present, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California.

Consumer Reports

Access the current issue of Consumer Reports online via Flipster.

Marin IJ

Marin IJ (NewsBank) articles and images with searchable full text from 2002-current.

The New York Times

Unlimited free access to, the digital version of The New York Times. Note: You will need to log in or create a account.

Overdrive Magazines

Thousands of magazines in several languages, including popular magazines like The New Yorker, The Economist, Newsweek, OK, and US Weekly. Available through the Libby App.

ProQuest Newsstand

Find articles from current major national and international newspapers including Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle (NewsBank) articles and images with searchable full text from 1985-current.

The Wall Street Journal

Access to The Wall Street Journal, an American business-focused, international daily newspaper.

Washington Post — Access for San Rafael Public Library patrons only.

Unlimited access to the Washington Post. Sign in with this email: and use the password: SRPLguest

**We are aware that the Washington Post login link occasionally does not work and we are actively working on a solution. Thanks for your patience!**

Resources for Writers

We’ve partnered with BiblioBoard to offer you a suite of products to allow you to create and share your work, and discover work from other indie authors near and far.

Pressbooks Public
Pressbooks Public gives you easy-to-use tools to get your work in stylish eBook and print-ready formats.

Indie Author Project
Submit your work to BiblioBoard’s Indie Author Project to share your book with libraries across your region. If your work is selected by BiblioBoard’s curation partners it will be available to a wider audience across the US and Canada!

BiblioBoard® Library
Enjoy digital books, images, videos and more from libraries, artists, authors and others from your community and around the world.

Student Resources (K-12 and Early Learning)

ABCmouseIn-library use only.

With 5,000+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-7+).

BrainFuse HelpNow

24/7 online tutoring in core K-12 subjects as well as test prep and career readiness. Spanish language tutors will be available as well as tutors fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

Britannica School Edition

The go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.

Britannica Escolar

El recurso principal que ofrece miles de artículos, imágenes, videos, clips de audio, fuentes primarias, mapas, herramientas de investigación, y sitios web recomendados, todos actualizados, seleccionados y relevantes para el plan de estudios. Se ofrece dos niveles: primaria y secundaria.

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Broadens student understanding of environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Gale Interactive: Science

Allows students to manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand biology, chemistry, earth, and space science concepts.

National Geographic Kids

Access to National Geographic Kids photos, videos, books, and magazines, all with school-appropriate citations included.

ProQuest Academic

Combination of several databases including Coronavirus Research Database, eBook Central, eLibrary, Global Newsstream, LA Times, Publicly Available Content Database, SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher. Access provided courtesy of the California State Library.

ProQuest CultureGrams

Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12)

ProQuest Reference eLibrary

General reference collection of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. Includes newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, books, videos and audios, dissertations and theses, reports and more. (Grades 6+)

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer

Selected content for beginning researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)

School & Educators Complete (eBooks)

Collection of over 12,000 eBooks supporting multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology). (Grades 9+ and professional development content for faculty). Book Connections

A collection of instructional materials about children’s and young adult books and authors, including booklists, meet-the-author videos, and many other author and book resources.


Genealogy | Jobs | Learning Resources | Newspapers & Magazines | Resources for Writers | Student Resources


Some of our resources, including Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning, Northstar, GetSetUp, Coursera, and LearningExpress, were supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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