2019 A Milestone Year for the New Library

Enormous progress has been made toward the new library in the past year. Site options are being evaluated, community input is being received, and the City Council is broadly supportive of our initiative. A summary of the Foundation’s activities can be found here in our annual appeal letter. Here’s an excerpt:
This year we saw significant progress toward the goal of a new library for San Rafael. As the latest analysis exploring library facility locations wrapped up, expansion of the Pickleweed Branch Library and the continuation of the Northgate Library Branch emerged as key components of a plan for improving our community’s access to library services. For the main downtown library, three different locations were studied and analyzed, with recommendations brought forward to the City Council at the October 7, 2020 meeting. At this meeting, the Council directed staff to:
• Research funding strategies
• Create a reuse plan for the Carnegie Building, should the library vacate the existing site
• Review past work completed for the existing downtown library location, and,
• Present a proposal to Council for developing a conceptual design for a joint library and community center at Albert Park.

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Empowering Progress: Introducing the Revitalize San Rafael Libraries & Community Center Advocacy Committee

The San Rafael Public Library Foundation is excited to introduce the Revitalize San Rafael Libraries & Community Center Sponsored by San Rafael Public Library Foundation advocacy committee. This committee will play a crucial role in securing the funds necessary to place our long-awaited downtown library on the ballot. As a Citizens Initiative, we will rely on non-tax-deductible contributions to support the political efforts for this measure. By uniting efforts between the San Rafael Public Library Foundation and the Revitalize San Rafael Libraries & Community Center, sponsored by the San Rafael Public Library Foundation, we can achieve far more together. Join us in making a difference—your donation today is invaluable!

The Future Unveiled – Albert Park’s New Downtown Library Conceptual Drawings Revealed!

In an exciting development for San Rafael, we are thrilled to present a sneak peek into the conceptual drawings created for the new downtown library at Albert Park. This is just an idea of what a future combined library and community center could look like, and should we succeed in passing a ballot measure, the City will review a range of designs before making a decision. But it is very exciting to see one possibility for the Albert park location. These drawings offer an preview of the building we hope will transform our cityscape, providing an enriching space for learning, collaboration, and cultural exchange.

Charting a New Chapter: Transformative Plans for San Rafael’s Downtown Library & Carnegie Building

Over the past few years, SRPLF extensively evaluated several possibilities for the new Downtown San Rafael Library, examining locations like Boyd Park and Albert Park. We put a special emphasis on exploring the renovation of the existing location, given the community’s attachment and regard for the Carnegie library there. Through this thorough exploration, it became evident that site of the Carnegie next to City Hall does not offer sufficient space to meet the diverse and growing needs of our community. 

We Need Your Support to Build a New Library to Serve Generations to Come!