Did you know that the San Rafael Public Library is now fine-free? And that there is no minimum age needed to get a library card? Now you know! September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so if you know someone without a card, spread the word that signing up is as easy as filling out this form. Did we mention it’s free?
In July, the San Rafael City Council approved the elimination of daily fines for adult patrons, and the elimination of the $1 library card replacement fee. The library had already removed daily fines for children’s and youth materials in 2015. These changes to fines and fees will eliminate barriers and improve equity of access for all San Rafael residents. Additionally, the national trend of eliminating overdue fines has been found to not adversely affect the return of Library materials, but instead to increase the use of the Library and its resources.
Eliminating daily fines will align our practices with many libraries in the greater Bay Area and, most importantly, with the largest library in our consortium, Marin County Free Library (MCFL). A large percentage of San Rafael residents use the Marin County Free Library’s many locations as well as San Rafael Libraries. Being consistent with MCFL policy in this area will reduce confusion in communicating to patrons about this issue. Only San Anselmo and Mill Valley libraries still charge daily fines, so San Rafael users who request books from those locations could incur daily fines if their books are overdue. In addition, patrons will still be required to pay for damaged or lost materials, but the elimination of daily fines will hopefully remove a psychological and economic barrier to access that has previously prevented patrons from fully using all the library resources.
Marin County Registrar of Voters and Disability Rights California invite members of the disability community, family and friends to join a discussion on Marin County’s plan for changing elections in your county!
WHO: This is a public meeting open to all members of the disability community
WHEN: July 28, 2021 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Join us on Zoom: Meeting ID: 986 7226 2073 Password: 860438#
You can also join by: Phone: (669) 900-6833 or Toll free: (833) 548-0276
WHY: Come learn about how upcoming elections will change and give your input on how Marin County can ensure that voting is accessible to all voters.
ASL Interpretation and English captions will be provided for this meeting. For disability accommodations please phone (415) 473-6456 (Voice), CA Relay 711, or e-mail at: elections@MarinCounty.org by July 23.
Is it in excellent or very good condition? Would you see it in a used book store and consider purchasing it as a gift?
Cool book! Call the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library at (415)453-1443 to find out how to donate. Our Friends sell high-quality used books at the Friends Books Store–all proceeds go to fund San Rafael Public Library programs and services!
Does it have tears, yellowed pages, mold or is it in otherwise poor condition? Is it about a non-fiction topic that is no-longer relevant?
Sounds like this book has served its purpose and is ready to be properly and lovingly disposed of. By you!
Paperbacks can go directly into the recycling; remove the covers of hardback books before recycling the pages. Visit Marin Sanitary Service to learn more.
Do not leave unwanted books on library premises!
The library does not accept donations of used books; please don’t leave them as it creates additional work for staff and we cannot add them to our collection. Leaving books is illegal dumping and all abandoned items are disposed of.
Just for fun: Do you know what the library does with the books we de-select from our collection?
Our physical collection is confined to buildings, which have a finite amount of space. All libraries weed their collections on a regular basis to make room for fresh materials.
When we de-select a book, we send it to the Internet Archive! There the book is digitized, and made available to people around the world as an eBook! Transcendent, no?
Do you have an Internet Archive virtual card? It’s a great tool for finding any type of book, but especially obscure titles.
June is Pride month! Join us in celebrating queer authors and queer community. Are you a queer person in Marin of any age looking for community and resources? Visit our friends at the Spahr Center!
Enjoy this fun Drag Storytime from San Rafael Public Library’s own PrinceX Cakes:
Did you catch our 2020 online series, Ask a Queer Adult? Get wisdom and insight from queer folx who span the spectrum of LGBTQ+, as well as the spectrum of “adult”.
Looking for some excellent queer reads to keep you going all summer long? Check-out one of these lists made by staff from MARINet libraries. Shout-out to Corte Madera Librarian Ana for making the bulk of these!
Our favorite thing about summer is…more time for books! The June issue of BookPage is full of them, including remarkable reads from Casey McQuiston, Elin Hilderbrand, Clint Smith, Rita Williams-Garcia and more.
We are now offering some in-person services at all SRPL libraries!
Face masks are recommended for all members of the public regardless of vaccination status.
Available Downtown, Pickleweed & Northgate. Pop-in visits will be limited to 45 minutes and we will not provide indoor seating at this time. We welcome you to make use of the beautiful outside spaces surrounding the Downtown and Pickleweed Libraries to enjoy our materials.
Grab-and-Go Holds Pick-up
Available Downtown, Pickleweed & Northgate. No advance notice needed– just show up and we will assist you in retrieving your holds!
Available Downtown & Pickleweed. Public computing and printing are available during open hours. This service is on a first-come-first-serve basis; no appointments necessary. Computing sessions are limited to 45 minutes.
Welcome back. We’re so happy to have you back in our libraries!
Haga sus pedidos en linea o por telefono; el personal le ayudara con sus pedidos y cuando reciba una notificacion por correo electronico avisando que su pedido esta listo, pase a por sus encargos a la biblioteca;No necesita hacer cita.
Visite y explore las bibliotecaslocations durante el horario de apertura! Las visitas temporales están limitadas a 45 minutos y no proporcionamos asientos en el interior en este momento.
Uso de Computadoras
Disponibles en la biblioteca Central & Pickleweed. El uso de la computadora y la impresión están disponibles durante el horario de atención. Las sesiones de computación serán de 45 minutos. No necesita hacer cita.
Starting April 22, the San Rafael Public Libraries will resume in-person browsing at the Northgate Mall Library and in-person computing at the Pickleweed Library! Curbside service still available Downtown and at Pickleweed.
Pop In Library at the Northgate Mall
Come enjoy a touch-free in-person browsing experience at the our Northgate Mall Library Branch! We’re stocking the shelves with hot new items, and Northgate will once again be available as a holds pick-up location.
Express Computing at the Pickleweed Lab
Use one of our brand new Chromebooks in the Pickleweed Lab. Printing available! Call ahead to schedule your 1 hour appointment.