An Update on Important Programs and Services in the Marin County Free Library

For decades the Marin County Free Library has worked to make a broad range of culture, information and knowledge available for the needs of the public. We are focused on providing modern, up-to-date materials and special programs and services for children, people with disabilities and those searching for jobs - and most of all ensuring that our local libraries remain open and available for the community.


Measure A: Local Funding for Local Library Services

In 2010, 75% of local voters approved Measure A, a five-year local funding measure to maintain library hours and prevent closures, bring local libraries and materials up-to-date, provide programs for children, teens, seniors, and people with disabilities and more. Since then we have been working diligently to ensure that we fulfill Measure A's promise to voters. Unless renewed by local voters, Measure A is set to expire in 2015.

Thanks to this support from our community, since 2010 the Marin County Free Library has been able to:

Increase total service hours by 12%; increase youth borrowers by 24%; increase total materials circulated by 26%

All Measure A funding remains under the local control of the MCFL to support local libraries, and nothing can be taken or redirected by the state.

We made specific promises to the voters with Measure A - here are some more details on how Measure A funding has been put to voter-approved purposes.


Library Modernization

Measure A funding has been put to use in implementing modern, up-to-date technology throughout our libraries, including replacing wireless internet systems, implementing new . express lane self-checkout systems, upgrading software on public-use computers and more:

50,701 new ebooks, 268 new desktop computers, 36 new laptops, 40 new printers, 15 touch screen early literacy stations


Programs for Students, Children and Teens

Since the passage of Measure A, the MCFL has seen an increase in teens and children attending our libraries - with a total of 38,886 youth program participants in 2013 - along with an increase in participation in special youth programs that have been enhanced thanks to Measure A:

Children's & Teen Summer Reading Programs, Reading on the Ranches, FLAGship Program



Job Training and Employment Assistance Programs logo

Thousands of self-paced, online learning video programs by experts in a variety of subjects, including business, design, web and photography

JobNow! Live Job Assistance logoJobNow:

Live assistance with job-placement experts to work on resumes, prepare for interviews and work on career assessments

Marin Employment Connection logoMarin Employment Connection:

A new partnership focused on finding local employment opportunities here in Marin

Learning Express logoLearning Express:

Online adult learning from GED to career and college skills



Increased A.D.A. Accessibility

Measure A funds have been used to make upgrades in accessibility for people with disabilities, including parking and physical access, bathrooms, computer stations and more at the following locations:A.D.A. logo

Novato              Point Reyes       Corte Madera

• Inverness           • Fairfax              • Civic Center



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