For Immediate Release
Contact:  Damon Hill, MCFL, Library Services Manager, 415.473.3777


September Kicks Off County Library Card Registration Drive

August 31, 2012

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Free Library (MCFL) is pleased to announce that September kicks off their annual Library Card Registration Drive.  This year’s campaign is focused around the theme of “Today’s Library – Check It Out!  It’s about books and a whole lot more.”  There is even a new landing page with a memorable URL: to facilitate registrations.

The Library is reaching out to community members who haven’t used their card in a while or those who never had one.  The jurisdiction of the MCFL serves a population of 142,000.  They count 85,000 current cardholders including 14,000+ cardholders under age 18.  Over 47,000 of those cardholders used the library at least once in the prior year.

"A library card is a key to so much today - books, books on CD and e-Books, music CD's and movie DVD's are just the beginning,” said Gail Haar, Director of County Library Services.  “You can learn a new language with our interactive Mango Languages program or get one on one tutoring help in both Spanish and English.  There are public internet stations for job searches or homework assignments or keeping in touch with far-flung friends and family.  From children to teens to adults to seniors there is truly something for everyone - and it is all free! "

A library card allows you to:

  • Check out books, DVDs, books on CD, music CDs, magazines and Kindle e-readers
  • Download ebooks, audiobooks & videos from home
  • Access premium online resources for research and learning
  • Use the library’s public computer and internet

Requirements for a card include a photo ID, proof of address and a completed application.  If under the age of 16, parent verification is also required.  There is no application fee.  Additionally, effective July 1, 2012, with gratitude to the passage of Measure A, the library was proud to be able to terminate its $.50 reservation fee and on August 28, the Board of Supervisors waived the $1 replacement card fee.

With this time of year marking the return of the school year, parents and caregivers are encouraged to make sure their children and teens sign up for the most important school supply of all – a library card.  It provides students with access to a world of both print and electronic resources.  Students can take advantage of free databases, online homework help and attend programs, activities and clubs that provide an added value to the educational experience.

There are also numerous resources and programs available for new parents and pre-schoolers including storytimes featuring songs & movement.

The MCFL offers a number of outreach services to enrich the Marin community’s experiences.  They include:

  • Bookmobile – Operates four days a week to a variety of  venues including one-room school houses, ranches, assisted living facilities, preschools and a number of community stops.  The Bookmobile is stocked with a large collection of adult and children’s books, CD, DVDs and a Spanish collection.  They can also bring your requests out to any stop.
  • Library Beyond Walls – Staff and trained volunteers will deliver/pick up library material from the homes of county residents who are unable to visit library locations in person.

From ebooks to language learning to homework help, the MCFL offers a variety of free, online research and resources that can be accessed from within the library and from home.  MCFL is a founding member of MARINet, a consortium of public funded Marin libraries and Dominican University, that enables it members to share resources and library catalogs.  As a member of Linkplus, MCFL provides access to over 10 million books from participating University Libraries throughout California.

From their beginning in 1927 in the basement of the old Marin County Courthouse in San Rafael, the Marin County Free Library has grown to a network of 10 branches throughout the County.  Last year they served more than 1.1 million visitors and those visitors checked out more than 1.7 million books, audio books and DVDs.  Through their website or ebranch, they continue to provide information and reading material for their patrons even when their physical branches are closed. 

Marin County Free Library Locations:

Civic Center
Corte Madera
Marin City
Point Reyes
South Novato
Stinson Beach