Civic Center Library will be closed for upgrades Apr 16-30. Reopening tentatively set for May 1. More details.

General Information

Thanks to the support of Measure A, the Marin County Free Library has developed preferred concepts for remodeling the front portion of the Civic Center, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Marin City and Novato Libraries. The Inverness Library renovation was completed to maximize accessibility. The Point Reyes Library renovation was completed to provide a more effective use of space.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the library remodeling?

  • Make high demand materials easier to access
  • Provide a single help desk
  • Allow more convenient, efficient returns and efficient check-out
  • Get materials on the shelf more quickly
  • Ensure accessible facilities
  • Plan for the future to meet flexible needs
     

What won’t change as part of the remodel?

The excellent staff – no one will be losing their job and in fact they’ll be more available to help you and the library is actively recruiting vacant positions.
 

When are these changes happening?

The Novato library was remodeled March 7th - 31 and reopened on April 1 2013. The circulation – items checked out of the library – has risen by 20% in comparison to the former year before the remodel and service changes.  Marin City closed from August 19 to august 28 for upgrades. Civic Center and Fairfax are next and their schedule is early 2014.  Corte Madera will be later 2014  By spring of 2014 all the Measure A investment in bringing libraries up to date will be complete.


How do changes affect staff?

Staff will be doing the same work they have before, although they will be sharing more duties than they have previously. For example a Reference Librarian might issue a library card and a circulation library worker might help with a patron choosing a research item or a type of book they like to read. We are asking staff to work closely together to learn more about where roles intersect and where they are different. It is a change in patterns, process and expectations and we are working closely with staff to make it work well for them, for the library and for the community they serve.


Will any staff be laid off as a result of these changes?

No staff will be laid off as a result of these changes.  In fact the Library is often recruiting for librarians, library assistants and library branch aides.  Please refer to the County of Marin website (www.marincounty.org) and search under Apply For and then click Jobs to get information about library jobs for which we are currently recruiting.


Why are changes happening at Marin County Free Library?

The community passed “Measure A” in 2010 with a 74% of voters saying “yes” to support operations at the Marin County Free Library. Specifically the measure tasked the library with bringing local libraries up to date, improving materials and services especially to children, teens and seniors, preserving educational and job seeking skills, maintaining library hours  and providing ADA accessibility. Starting in November 2011 we started RFP for remodel all libraries began planning to accomplish the activities promised in Measure A. The physical changes were focused on bringing libraries up to date which included self service technology and creating a streamlined approach to patron services by putting library employees at one desk as the primary point of contact for users needing assistance. The smaller West Marin libraries have always operated in this method.

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Civic Center Library Remodel

> View the Revised Preferred Concept Drawing for Civic Center Library (pdf)

Revised Preferred Concept Drawing

 

Project Description

  • Combined staff and circulation workroom. The new staff office was completed in August of 2013 and plans to complete the circulation room in December of 2013.
  • Remove desk from entry and replace with new mobile merchandizing units and seating
  • Relocate computers and microfilm away from the window and glare, replace with seating
  • New community information and Friends of the Library (FOL) area
  • Provide self-service holds and check-out
  • Single help desk


Will the Civic Center remodel both honor and keep the character of the Frank Lloyd Wright design?

The Library is very cognizant of the uniqueness of the Civic Center Building and the Library’s symbolism in FLW’s design. We are not planning to change the feel of the library. In fact within the past decade we returned the fiction shelves to their original sunray position and kept the original tables and chairs. We even had a new circulation desk designed in the style of the original desk. The desk we are using now is not the original. The original desk was not designed with modern technology, federal regulations or present circulation needs in mind. As our library services evolve the circulation desk must evolve as well. From Frank Lloyd Wright’s time of punch cards, card files and date due stamps to 21st century automation and patron self check, a desk must evolve for both staff and patrons. The next step for the desk is one of many evolutions over the 50 years the Civic Center has housed a library in the center of the building.

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Corte Madera Library Remodel

The original concept for the Corte Madera Library remodel did not prove to be feasible, due to issues with the soil and the resulting costs. We are currently investigating alternative options.

 

Project Description

  • New circulation workroom with 24/7 exterior book drop
  • Locate new mobile merchandizing units, signage, lighting and seating in lobby
  • Create a new display wall that features high demand materials
  • Remove shelving at meeting room for easier access and replace with new seating
  • New community information and Friends of Library (FOL) area
  • Provide self-service holds and check-out
  • Single help desk

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Fairfax Library Remodel

Update:

At the Fairfax Friends of the Library Annual Meeting in June, Margaret Miles, Branch Manager, gave a presentation on the remodel project scheduled for this Fall: Fairfax Library Remodel Plans 2013.

Currently construction and closure is scheduled for December of 2013.
 

> View the Preferred Concept Drawing for Fairfax Library (pdf)

Fairfax Concept Drawing

 

Project Description

  • New circulation workroom with new, closer 24/7 exterior book drop
  • Remove desk from entry and replace with new mobile merchandizing units, signage, lighting and seating in lobby
  • Provide new computer tables and chairs
  • New community information and Friends of Library (FOL) area
  • Provide self-service holds and check-outs
  • Single help desk

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Inverness Library Remodel

> See photos of the remodel project at Inverness Library

> View the Concept Drawing for Inverness Library (pdf)

Inverness Library Remodel Concept Drawing

 

Project Description

  • The Inverness Library underwent renovations to maximize accessibility.
  • Exterior work includes improvements to the front walk and stairway, the accessible parking and the ramped rear entrance to the building.
  • Interior renovations shown on the attached floor plan include accessible aisles, service areas and an accessible restroom.

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Marin City Library Remodel

> View the Revised Preferred Concept Drawing for Marin City Library (pdf)

Marin City Concept Drawing

 

Project Description

  • New carpet and interior paint for the entire library
  • Modified Information Desk with new book return
  • New and additional self-service stations
  • New shelving for high demand materials
  • New digital signage
  • Additional furniture for the Children's Area
  • Relocation of public computers to provide additional space
  • New community information and Friends of Library (FOL) area

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Novato Library Remodel

> See photos of the remodel project at Novato Library
 

What is new at the Novato Library?

  • Information Desk
  • Easy to use express stations
  • Carpet, lighting and paint
  • Improved signage and shelving
  • Accessible front door
  • Community Information Area
  • Friends of the Library Area
  • Additional seating
  • Additional space in the public computer area
  • Telephone system
  • Staff work area
  • New shades
  • Additional shelving and signage
  • New tables


The remodel was made possible by:

Passage of Measure A in June 2010:

Enables the Library to do badly needed maintenance on our buildings. The funds will also be used to make physical improvements that will allow us to operate our branches more effectively and efficiently.

Friends of the Novato Library paid for additional carpeting and shades.
 

> View the Preferred Concept Drawing for Novato Library (pdf)

REVISED Preferred Concept Drawing for Novato

 

Project Description

  • Single help desk
  • Relocate desk from entry and replace with new mobile merchandizing units, signage, lighting and seating in lobby
  • Create a new display wall that features high demand materials
  • New community information and Friends of Library (FOL) area
  • Provide self-service holds and check-out
  • Reconfigured staff workroom

 

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Point Reyes Library Remodel

> See photos of the remodel project at Point Reyes Library

> View the Concept Drawing for Point Reyes Library (pdf)

Point Reyes Remodel Drawing

 

Project Description

The Board of Supervisors approved a new lease for our space in the Creamery Building in Point Reyes, bringing to fruition a long held dream to combine the Literacy Services space with the Library. The Literacy Office will be moving from its current corner space to a space adjacent to and on the same floor level as the Point Reyes Library. The landlord will be making a number of modifications including breaking through the wall by the Teen area; installing carpeting; painting; and creating small offices for the Branch Manager and Literacy staff.  The new space includes a kitchen and a bathroom making it perfect for both Literacy and Library programming.  The space swap means we are getting a much more flexible community space to serve the ever busier branch.  The estimated date for the move is in March.

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