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
  • MobilePrint
  • 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.

Print, Copy, Scan, Fax

  • B&W & color printers
  • 2 copy machines (B&W only)
  • Scanner – print, fax, email or save documents to USB
  • To print to this location from your computer or mobile device, visit our MobilePrint page.

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