In 2018, the San Rafael Public Library partnered with the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) to provide free access to Kanopy; a high-quality streaming service that features movies and documentaries. Unfortunately, due to the increasing popularity of the service and the charging model that Kanopy uses to bill libraries for this service, the cost has started to become unsustainable.
From the start Kanopy has been very well received by our patrons. Each library card holder has been allowed to view up to 10 movies per month. Kanopy then charges the library a fee for each of these views. In the first year SRPL’s average cost was about $800 per month. But as Kanopy’s popularity has grown over the past year, so has the cost.
In order to manage our budget, SRPL and MCFL have tried to convince Kanopy to let us lower the number of checkouts possible from 10 to 5 views per person. Unfortunately Kanopy has denied our request and seems unwilling to help us identify a solution. For this reason, as with many other libraries around the country, we are faced with the decision of having to end this service.
We hope that you will continue to use our other streaming video service, Hoopla, and check out the thousands of DVDs available from libraries throughout the County.
Lynda.com will now be available through the month of October!
Representatives of LinkedIn Learning (Formerly Lynda.com) have reached out to say that they are pausing to consider some of the concerns expressed by libraries around the country. While we do not at this time know if they will be changing their approach to this service in the future, for now we will be able to continue to provide Lynda.com without compromising our patron’s personal information.
We will provide additional information as we learn the outcome of LinkedIn Learning’s deliberations.
Your privacy is a priority to the San Rafael Public Library. For this reason, the library has made the difficult decision to stop offering Lynda.com as a learning platform at our libraries as of September 30, 2019.
LinkedIn Learning does not acknowledge the fundamental right to privacy that is central to the guarantee libraries make to their patrons, and seeks to use personal information provided by library patrons, including sharing it with third parties.
If you are currently taking a Lynda.com course, you will be able to log-in as normal to complete your course up through September 30, 2019. Please check our E-Resources page at that time for other suggested learning resources that will help fill your educational needs.
If you or a family member haven’t thought of getting a library card, come in and get one this month and get your choice of a small thank you gift.
Your library card is good at all public library branches in Marin, College of Marin, and Dominican University. If you live in Marin County you have access to all our digital services: eBooks and eAudiobooks, Movies, Music, TV Shows, Research Databases, Discover & Go Museum Passes, and so much more!
San Rafael, CA – The temporary and experimental pop-up library at the Northgate mall in San Rafael has been such a success, the three partnering agencies have agreed to keep it open through April 2020.
“Based on the success of the initial month-to-month pilot, and thanks to the support of Merlone-Geier Partners, we have extended our agreement,” said Henry Bankhead, Interim Director of the San Rafael Public Library. “We have created a partnership between local governments and local business to re-imagine public space and create free, easy access to a world of information and experiences.”
Merlone Geier Partners provided the 3,000 square feet of space, a former shoe store that is just a few steps from the food court and movie theater. It is stocked with materials initially supplied by MCFL, and it is staffed primarily with personnel from the San Rafael Public Library.
“We are thrilled our expanded service experiment has been such a tremendous success,” said MCFL Director Sara Jones. “We are reaching new library patrons and strengthening and expanding our collaboration and library services with the San Rafael Public Library. We especially appreciate the mall’s support as a full partner in a project that greatly benefits all.”
Patrons may check out books and other media, pick up items on hold, drop off checked-out materials, use the 3D printer, experience virtual reality, and participate in some other programming options.
The popup library also hosts a regular family storytime on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and a Northgate bookclub discussion at Peet’s Coffee every 3rd Thursday of the month.
The library hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Summer Reading 2019 is just around the corner and readers from Kindergarten through 111 years old are invited to take part.
We’re starting this year off with a big Summer Reading Blast-Off party on the Library lawn. From 1-4pm on June 1st everyone is invited to drop in, eat some tasty snacks, play some games, and sign up for summer reading. You can find all the fun details here.
Then, all summer long keep track of your reading, take part in fun space-themed library programs, and win prizes.
We can’t wait to see you at the library this summer!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey! We appreciate your time and input.
The survey is now closed.
We need your help! The San Rafael Library is conducting a survey about where we might build a new library, and we would like to hear your opinions. The survey will ask about some options for locating a new Downtown library, and you will have a chance to tell us what you like and dislike about each of the options.
The survey will take about 12 minutes of your time. To begin the survey, simply click on the link below.
¡La Biblioteca de San Rafael necesita su ayuda! Por medio de esta encuesta queremos saber su opinión acerca del lugar donde construir una nueva biblioteca. Esta encuesta le preguntará sobre algunas opciones y locaciones para la nueva biblioteca central. Usted tendrá la oportunidad de opinar sobre lo que le gusta y lo que no le gusta acerca de cada opción.
La encuesta le tomará aproximadamente 12 minutos de su valioso tiempo. Para empezar la encuesta, haga click en el enlace a continuación:
If you’ve visited the downtown library in the past week you will have seen big changes underway at our West entrance (on E Street). The desk in the lobby has closed to make way for new, improved shelves for requested materials. You will now find all of your holds here including books, DVDs, and Link+ items.
You will also find plenty of self check machines in the lobby, so if you’re hoping to make a quick dash in to pick up something you’ve requested, you’ll be in and out in just moments.
Don’t worry, no one is losing their jobs and we’re all still here to help with everything from placing holds and paying fines, to finding your next great read. Now you’ll just come to see us at either the children’s room desk or at the main desk upstairs.
Drop-off new socks in adult sizes to the downtown library lobby! Your donations will be passed along to the Ritter Center to provide warmth and comfort to our homeless neighbors.
The Teen Advisory Board brainstormed ways we can give back to our community. We settled on a sock drive to help keep our community’s feet warm, dry and healthy.
According to David Geffen from the School of Medicine at UCLA, “The average person walks about 4 miles a day. The average person struggling with homelessness walks 10 miles a day. Homeless individuals often rely on their feet as their primary means of transportation, but frequently do not have an opportunity to remove their shoes at the end of the day.”
Your donation of a pair or pack of socks will have a huge impact!