Civic Center Library

Civic Center Library


3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427
San Rafael CA 94903
Map & Directions

Main: 415-473-6057
Reference: 415-473-6058
Children’s: 415-473-4048
Recording: 415-473-6056

Branch Manager:
Eva Patterson
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Monday10 AM6 PM
Tuesday10 AM9 PM
Wednesday10 AM6 PM
Thursday10 AM9 PM
Friday10 AM6 PM
Saturday10 AM5 PM
Holiday Closures


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Public computers
  • Print & copy
  • Scan & fax
  • Microfilm reader printers

About Civic Center Library

  • Welcome to the Civic Center Library, located on the 4th floor of the Marin County Civic Center Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Home to the Anne T. Kent California Room collection of local history resources.
  • Permanent collection of books, DVDs and videos about Frank Lloyd Wright and his architectural projects.
  • Spanish language materials for children, teens and adults. Russian language materials for adults.
  • Test proctoring of open book exams is available at this branch. Get more details.
  • Household batteries can be recycled at the Civic Center Library.

Computers & Wi-Fi

  • Computer reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online or at the branch.
  • 14 public computers for adults & teens
  • 2 public computers for children
  • 1 ADA workstation
  • Free wi-fi access is available throughout the branch.
  • Wireless printing is available for laptop users. Download the software needed to print at Civic Center Library. Check with library staff for more information.

Print, Copy, Scan, Fax

  • B&W & color printers
  • 2 copy machines (B&W only)
  • Scanner – print, fax, email or save documents to USB

Digital Reader/Printer & Flatbed Scanner

  • 3 digital scanners for scanning microfilm or microfiche
  • Scanned images may be saved to a flash drive as a pdf or as a graphic file (e.g. jpg)
  • Images may also be printed or emailed.
  • For instruction on the use of this equipment, please call the Information Desk at 415.473.6058 for an appointment.

Computer & eBook Help by Appointment

  • One-to-one computer tutoring sessions available by appointment:
    Internet, Email Basics, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel Basics.
    Please sign up in advance by calling 415-473-4049.
  • eBook training by appointment
    Learn how to download free eBooks from the library. Bring your own device for one-to-one assistance. To make an appointment for a free session, please call 415-473-4049.
  • Handicapped parking spaces
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible self-check machine and book return
  • ADA workstation

Donating Books & Materials

  • We accept small quantities of donations at the branch (due to limited storage space).
  • Larger donations can be taken to the bookstore run by the Friends – Book Place.
  • Books should be in good condition. We also accept DVDs, videos, CDs and magazines.
  • We do not accept textbooks. (The Friends do not accept textbooks or magazines).
  • Donated items are usually sold at the branch or at the Friends bookstore.

Friends Groups

Open Book Exam Proctoring

  • Test proctoring of open book exams is available at Civic Center branch only.
  • You must set up an appointment in advance by calling the Reference Desk at 415-473-6058.
  • The fee for proctoring an exam is $25.
  • On the day of the test, you must bring:
    • photo ID
    • $25 in cash or check to Marin County Free Library
    • any required test-taking materials

(For closed book exams, try contacting the Marin County Law Library in San Rafael at 415-472-3733).

News & Highlights

Events at Civic Center Library

All library locations will be closed on Monday, February 19th for Presidents Day. Corte Madera Library will be closed Saturday, February 17th to Monday, February 19th for furnace repairs.