• 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
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About Civic Center Library

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
  • 3 digital microfilm reader printers
  • 1 flatbed scanner
  • No fax machine


  • 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

Digital Reader/Printer and Flatbed Scanner

Digital Scanners:

The Civic Center Branch has three digital scanners for scanning microfilm or microfiche. Scanned images maybe saved to a flash drive as a pdf file or as a graphic (e.g., jpg) file. Images may also be printed or emailed.

Flatbed Scanner:

Images from materials such as paper documents, books, photos, and slides may be scanned with the flatbed scanner. Scanned images must be saved to a flash drive; they may be emailed from one of the branch’s public internet stations.

For instruction on the use of this equipment, please call the Information 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." 


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. 


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 online database 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

Another early sign of spring is the blooming of Cynoglossum grande. Image courstesy of Jeff Brooks.It was accidentally introduced to to the United States from Europe and in some places is considered an invasive species. It has blue pinwheel...
Sunday, February 10th, 8pm, CBS.I. Can’t. Wait.Although I can’t remember the first time I watched the Grammy Awards, I can’t remember not watching them.  It was always an event for my mother and myself, and we would be...

Upcoming Events


  • The Civic Center Library will not be holding Mother Goose on the Loose or Toddler Storytime in June and July.  They will resume the first week of August.  Here is a link to other MCFL storytimes.

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 415-473-4049.


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 415-473-4049.

  • eBook Training

Learn how to download free eBooks from the library.  Bring your own device for one-on-one assistance. To make an appointment for a free session, please call 473-4049.