County of Marin - News Releases - Novato Library Closure

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2019

Leaks Force Extended Closure of Novato Library

Targeted reopening is March 2

San Rafael, CA – Inclement weather is forcing an extension of the Novato Library’s closure because of continued roof leaks and the need for more repairs.

A man walks out of the Novato Library.The Novato Library continues to experience roof leaks, prompting a closure until at least March 2.
The branch at 1720 Novato Boulevard underwent a renovation of its heating, ventilation and air conditioning units starting December 1, and it was reopened January 22. Subsequent roof leaks forced another closure on February 2. The Marin County Free Library (MCFL) planned to have it reopened by February 16, but MCFL Director Sara Jones said February 13 that closing for an additional two weeks is a necessary precaution to prevent damage from storms and unresolved leaks. The target date for reopening is Saturday, March 2.

Extended branch hours at the South Novato Library at 931 C Street in the Hamilton neighborhood will continue through Thursday, February 28. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. MCFL is not charging fines for late materials.

The popup branch inside the Northgate mall in Terra Linda – originally a month-month experiment during the holiday season – remains open. A partnership between the mall owner, MCFL and the San Rafael Library, the popup branch inside a former shoe store is scheduled to continue operations through the end of March. The hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 

Most County departments, including the library branches, will be closed Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents Day. First responders and road maintenance crews will remain on duty.

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Sara Jones
Marin County Free Library

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6051
Email: Sara Jones
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