San Rafael Public Library

Friends of the Library

About the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library

More than 400 individuals and families help support the library each year through their membership in Friends of the San Rafael Public Libraries. An active group of Friends also participates in fundraising, advocacy, and volunteering. Volunteers organize and staff book sales, research rare books and sort book donations.

The Friends main fundraising activity is selling donated books at:

Friends Books
1016 C Street, between 4th Street and 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA
Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(415) 453-1443

Friends Books is a beautifully arranged used book store with pristine books for everyone’s enjoyment. The Friends also have large, themed sales at the library or at other locations, throughout the year. They contribute to the library community through their support of the Summer Reading Program, art lectures, and other programs. They have purchased books, equipment, and much more over their devoted years of support. They support the downtown library as well as the Pickleweed and Northgate Mall branches.


The Friends are taking donations at the annex trailer at the Downtown library drive-through (1100 E St) of up to 3 boxes or bags on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

Please do not to leave items outside. 

Please do not donate: encyclopedias, vinyl records, cassette tapes, VCR tapes, textbooks, seminar or business items, outdated science or computer items, or any items in not-new or bad condition – only like-new items.

If you have 3 or more boxes or bags or have exceptional or rare books, call 415-457-3421 to make an appointment.

Support the Library and JOIN TODAY!

All members are invited to special preview sales.

Individual – $20
Family – $40
Business – $75
Contributing – $75
Sponsor – $100
Student – $5 (18 years or younger)
Senior – $15 (60 years and older)

For more information about joining, donating, or volunteering, call 485-3104 (office) or 453-1443 (store).

Friends of the San Rafael Public Libraries
1100 E Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

  • 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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