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  • ADA Workstation
  • WIFI
Location Address:

3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427
San Rafael CA 94903

Mailing Address:

3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427
San Rafael CA 94903

Phone: 415-473-6057
Reference: 415-473-6058
Children's Services: 415-473-4048
Information Recording: 415-473-6056
Branch Manager: Eva Patterson
Hours:
MonTuesWedThursFriSatSun
10 - 610 - 910 - 610 - 910 - 610 - 5Closed

About Civic Center Library

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Computers & Wi-Fi

  • 14 public computers for adults & teens
  • 2 public computers for children
  • 6 catalog/research stations
  • 1 ADA workstation
  • Computer reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online or at the branch.
  • Wi-fi access is available throughout the branch.
  • Laptop users can print at the library by using our new printing system. To connect to our printing system, download the print client from our website. Check with library staff for more information.

Printers & Copiers

  • B&W & color printers
  • 2 copy machines (B&W only)
  • 2 microfilm reader printers
  • 2 digital microfilm reader printers
  • 1 flatbed scanner
  • No fax machine

Accessibility

  • Handicapped parking spaces
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible self-check machine and book return
  • ADA workstation

Meeting Room/ Study Space

  • Civic Center Library does not have public meeting rooms.
  • We do have public study tables that can be used by tutors & students. Tutor policy.
  • Test proctoring of open book exams is available at this branch. Get more details.

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.

Special Resources

Consumer Guides

Continuing in the footsteps of Weiss Ratings' publication of well-respected ratings information, TheStreet.com offers a box set of consumer guides in the following eight subjects:

  • automobile insurance
  • Medicare prescription drug coverage
  • elder care choices
  • Medicare supplement insurance
  • homeowner's insurance
  • term life insurance
  • long-term care insurance
  • variable annuities

Each guide offers consumer information; accurate, objective data and recommendations; and worksheets and planners to assist in making prudent financial decisions.

These guides are available for in-library use at the Civic Center Branch. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 415-473-6058.

Digital Reader/Printer and Flatbed Scanner

The Civic Center Branch has a digital reader/printer with a flatbed scanner. Images from microfilm or microfiche read with the digital reader/printer may be saved as jpg or pdf files to a flash drive. Images from source materials such as paper documents, books, photos, and slides scanned on the flatbed scanner may also be saved to a flash drive. Public internet stations are available for emailing files of scanned items.

If you would like instruction on use of this equipment, please call the Reference Desk at 473-6058 for an appointment.

Online Genealogical Research

The Civic Center Library offers Ancestry.com Library Edition for genealogical research.  Ancestry.com is a powerful database that "includes records from the United States census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, and more.  Similar information is also available for the United Kingdom, Canada and some European countries." 

Recycling

Household batteries can be recycled at the Civic Center Library.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The Civic Center Library has a permanent collection of books, DVDs and videos about Frank Lloyd Wright and his architectural projects. 

With the closure of the Marin County Civic Center gift shop, the Library now has some Frank Lloyd Wright merchandise for sale.  Items include books on Wright and the construction of the Civic Center, cloth book bags, and other small souvenirs.  Sales of these items will benefit the Friends of the Marin County Free Library.  Payment must be by cash or check.

From the Branch Manager: The Civic Center Library is located in the Marin County Civic Center Administration Building, a National Historic Landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Library is on the fourth floor and is strategically placed above the Board of Supervisors Chambers so that, according to Wright, knowledge would flow downward into government. In addition to the various materials we have for your reading and information needs, we have an extensive holding of local newspapers in microform dating back to 1861. We have the Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest online databases to help patrons with genealogy research. We are also home to the Anne T. Kent California History Room, an archive with an emphasis on the history and culture of Marin County. Come for a visit. You can’t miss us. We’re under the 80-foot dome!

Branch News

The Civic Center staff showed off our newly remodeled Library today and had a party to thank our public for supporting Measure A.There were flowers, cake and music!
Right on schedule the Civic Center Library re-opened today with a new look.  Please come visit.  

Upcoming Events

Storytimes

  • Mother Goose on the Loose for infants & toddlers up to age 3.
    Thursday mornings 10:30 - 11 a.m.
    A half-hour of nursery rhymes, songs & movement.
  • Toddler Storytime for ages 2 to 3.
    Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
    Join Miss Kitty for 20 minutes of reading and singing.
  • Preschool Storytime for ages 3 and up.
    Wednesday afternoons 3:30 - 4 p.m.

Storytimes are subject to change. Please check our calendar to see upcoming storytimes at Civic Center Library.

 

Book Clubs

  • Brown Bag Book Club
    4th Wednesdays 12 - 1 p.m.

Book club dates are subject to change. Please check our calendar to confirm. New members are always welcome! To find our current book selection, please check the library calendar. For more information, please call 415-473-6102.

 

Computer Classes

  • One-to-One Internet
  • One-to-One Email Basics
  • One-to-One Microsoft Word
  • One-to-one Microsoft Excel Basics

Tutoring sessions are by appointment. Please sign up in advance by calling 415-473-6102.

  • eBook Training

Learn how to download free eBooks from the library.  Bring your own device for one-on-one assistance every Thursday morning from 10 to 11 am. To make an appointment for a free half-hour session, please call 473-6058.