Organization Profile

Marin County Free Library

What We Do:

The Marin County Free Library System exists to make a broad range of culture, information and knowledge available for the needs of the public.

Who We Are:

From its 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 and a Bookmobile. We served more than 1,100,000 visitors last year and our visitors checked out more than 1,516,000 books and A/V materials. We offer public access computers, free wireless, special programming for children, teens and seniors and study space for students of all ages. Library Beyond Walls brings our materials to homebound patrons and our Literacy program serves both families and individuals. Cooperation: MCFL works with other libraries and organizations to provide the best possible service to our local communities. The largest member of the MARINet consortium, we share our catalog with the other public libraries in the County. We are a member of NorthNet, a regional cooperative of Northern California Libraries and Califa, a regional organization of California libraries. By joining with other institutions, our patrons have access to a wider array of materials and we all can take advantage of our combined purchasing power in buying research databases and other technology. We also participate in AskNow, a nationwide library service that allows us to provide virtual reference 24/7. Jurisdiction and Funding: Funded primarily from its share of property taxes, the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) serves the unincorporated areas of Marin County as well as the cities of Fairfax, Novato and Corte Madera. The County Board of Supervisors appoints the Director of County Library Services, approves the Library budget and has the ultimate responsibility for County Library services. Library Commission members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and represent each of the five Supervisorial districts. The Library Commission advises the Board of Supervisors and the Director on matters relating to library service. Some of our Digital Content is available only to individuals residing in our jurisdiction. If you are uncertain if you live within MCFL's service area, please contact the circulation desk at one of our branches during open hours.

San Rafael, CA, 94903