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.
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!