San Rafael Public Library

Friends of the Library

About the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library

Visit the Friends website to learn more!

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 contribute to the library through their financial support of the Summer Reading Program, art lectures, and many other programs for kids, teens, and adults. 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 main fundraising activity is selling donated books at:

Friends Books
1016 C Street, between 4th Street and 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA
Tuesday – Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(415) 453-1443

Book lovers of all ages are invited to visit our bookstore in the heart of downtown San Rafael. Friends Books offers a full range of new and gently-used books, beautifully organized and displayed for your browsing and shopping pleasure. Enter through a rare downtown garden into the sunny and friendly shop, just around the corner from Fourth Street and next door to the parking garage on C Street and 5th Avenue.

The Friends also have large, themed sales at the library or at other locations throughout the year.


Currently, the Friends are not accepting donations due to reorganizing the Bookstore and Annex space until further notice. For future donations, please call the Bookstore at (415) 453-1443.

The Friends accept donations of up to 3 boxes or bags at the annex trailer at the Downtown library drive-through (1100 E St) on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. If you have 4 or more boxes or bags or have exceptional or rare books, please call 415-457-3421 to make an appointment.

Please do not to leave items outside. Items left outside will be discarded.

Please do not donate: encyclopedias, vinyl records, cassette tapes, VCR tapes, textbooks, seminar or business items, outdated science or computer items, or any items in not-new condition – only like-new items are accepted.

Support the Library and JOIN TODAY!
Send checks to: Friends of the San Rafael Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
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) or email us at

  • Downtown Library

    Sun: 10:00-5:00
    Mon: 10:00-5:00
    Tues: 10:00-7:00
    Weds: 10:00-7:00
    Thurs: 10:00-5:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    (415) 485-3323

    1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue)
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Pickleweed Library

    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: 10:00-5:00
    Weds: 10:00-5:00
    Thurs: 12:00-7:00
    Fri: 10:00-5:00
    Sat: 10:00-5:00

    (415) 485-3483

    50 Canal Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Northgate Library

    Sun: closed
    Mon: closed
    Tues: closed
    Weds: 11:00-5:00
    Thurs: 11:00-5:00
    Fri: 11:00-5:00
    Sat: 11:00-5:00

    (415) 890-5670

    5800 Northgate Drive Ste. 083
    San Rafael, CA 94903

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