San Rafael Public Library


Your Account

Personalized Reading Recommendations

Do you need a bunch of books for yourself, your family, preschool or daycare classroom, or for distance learners? Fill out this form and we’ll gather your materials and call to schedule a curbside appointment as soon as possible.

Pint-Size Storytime Online

  • Short and sweet stories, songs, and rhymes for kids 0-6. We post a new one every Tuesday at 9:45am to our Facebook and YouTube.

Digital Materials

  • Read online or download thousands of eBooks and eAudioBooks with Libby Overdrive, Hoopla, Enki Library, or O’Reilly Learning (formerly Safari Tech)
  • Read online or download cover-to-cover digital editions of popular magazines with Libby Overdrive. We also have accounts to access Marin IJ, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and scholarly journals.
  • Stream or download movies with Kanopy, and access movies, TV shows, and music with Hoopla Digital

Technology Services

  • Library computers can be used on a first come, first served basis for 45 minutes – no reservations required.
  • Free gigabit wifi at Downtown and Pickleweed libraries.

Physical Materials

We are open for Grab-and-Go holds and Pop-In Browsing. Masks are required for service.

  • Visit the Marinet Catalog to find books, music CDs, books on CD, DVDs, Blu-ray, and more. Place a hold on items online using your library log-in or call us to place holds for you – 415-485-3323
  • Zip Books is a California State Library program to have an item that is not in the MARINet catalog delivered to your home address via Amazon (only for books, large print books and books on CD).
  • Link+ is available to place holds on books that are not in the Marinet Catalog from participating libraries in California and Nevada.
  • Book Club Kits  available for adults.
  • Book Club Kits for YA – for more information!
  • Storytime Anytime Kits – We have 10 themed storytime totes for young kids containing 5-8 picture books, a puppet, and Share Sheet.
  • Library Park Pass Program (Marin County Parks) – Day-use pass for the Marin County Parks at Black Point Boat Launch, Miller Point Boat Launch, Stafford Lake Park, Paradise Beach Park, and McNear’s Beach Park.
  • Adventure Kit – Hiking – Day-use pass for both the Marin Municipal Water District at Sky Oaks Gateway, Bon Tempe Lake, and Lagunitas Picnic Area, as well as the Marin County Parks at Black Point Boat Launch, Miller Point Boat Launch, Stafford Lake Park, Paradise Beach Park, and McNear Beach Park.
    This kit also includes guide books, compass, and maps.
  • Ukulele Experience Kit – Provides all materials necessary for learning to play the ukulele.

Research and Information Assistance

Our staff can answer your questions. Call us at 415-485-3323, email us or click on the blue Chat tab at the top left of this page.

Events for All Ages

Although limited to online Zoom programming, our events calendar features classes and programs–in English and Spanish.

Museum Passes

The following services have been suspended until further notice:


  • 3D Printing
  • Book-a-Librarian
    Reserve a 30 minute help session with a librarian for assistance with library eResources, such as eBooks, databases, the online catalog, or your online account.  Call us at  415-485-3321 to schedule your appointment.
    Or, drop-in anytime at the Reference Desk for help…there’s almost always someone who can help you.
  • One-on-One Computer Tutoring
    1-hour sessions at the San Rafael Downtown location with our volunteer tutors for help with PC or Mac computer basics, or help with email, software, searching the Internet, or job search. Contact Marilyn Boatright to make an appointment 415-485-3317 or email
  • Memory Lab
    Create digital copies of your treasured family photographs, slides, negatives, and documents.

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies pairs adult and teen volunteers with elementary school aged youth in grades 1-3 for either 15 or 30 minute appointments. During the appointment, the child will practice reading with the volunteer one-on-one, and receive help and guidance with difficult words, comprehension, and other reading skills. We have bilingual volunteers available who can help in both English and Spanish. Appointments are available at the both the Downtown and Pickleweed Library locations.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit or call the Downtown Library’s Children’s Reference Desk (415-485-3322) or the Pickleweed Library (415-485-3483).

Bicycle Outreach

Outreach Services to the Home-bound

  • Outreach services for home-bound persons has been suspended during shelter-in-place. If you need this service, please contact Marilyn at 415.485.3317, or

  • 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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