The Case for a New Downtown Library
Our Progress On Building a New Library
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!
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.
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.
At Annual Meeting, San Rafael Library Foundation Introduces Transformative Plans for New Downtown Library
During the annual meeting and reception on November 13, 2023 at the B Street Community Center, the San Rafael Public Library Foundation delivered an insightful presentation recounting its transformative journey from a conception in 2015 as an ‘Ad Hoc’ subcommittee to its current standing as a Foundation, led by Gary Ragghianti as President of the Board.
In October 2022, the San Rafael Public Library Foundation commissioned Humans Being Media to craft a compelling short film spotlighting the pressing community needs for a new library. This impactful video sheds light on the challenges confronting the current Carnegie library, from space limitations to structural damage requiring repair. Through interviews with diverse community members, ranging from middle schoolers seeking a peaceful haven to immerse themselves in a book, to seniors seeking technological aid, and artists yearning for creative space, the film encapsulates the library’s multifaceted role. Ultimately, the video underscores a crucial message: libraries serve as inclusive spaces for everyone, transcending mere reading sanctuaries. Watch the video here: https://www.srplf.org/why-a-new-library/
Empowering Change: San Rafael Libraries Secured $2 Million Grant in California’s Library Renaissance Through the Building Forward Initiative
The Building Forward Library Facilities Improvement Program stands as the largest investment the state of California has ever made in its public libraries, setting the stage for a transformational era in library infrastructure. This groundbreaking grant initiative champions equity, channeling resources toward vital capital projects within public library buildings. From addressing critical maintenance issues to amplifying energy efficiency and sustainability, and fostering broader digital and physical access, the program embodies a pioneering spirit in library development.