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  • WIFI
Location Address:

1720 Novato Blvd
Novato CA 94947

Phone: 415-473-2050
Branch Manager: Janet Doerge
Hours:
MonTuesWedThursFriSatSun
10 - 910 - 910 - 910 - 9Closed10 - 5noon - 5

About Novato Library

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  • Welcome to the Novato Library, a branch full of activity!
  • Features a welcoming central courtyard garden with free wi-fi access, perfect for reading, study or gathering.
  • Wide variety of storytimes and book clubs, as well as many exciting events for all ages.
  • Large, up-to-date collection of books, books on CD, large-type books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers, plus a smaller collection of music CDs.
  • Spanish language materials for children, teens and adults. Spanish-speaking staff available.
  • Click here for details about our recent remodel.

Computers & Wi-Fi

  • Computer reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online or at the branch.
  • 11 public computers for adults & teens
  • 4 public computers for children
  • 1 ADA workstation
  • Free wi-fi access is available throughout the branch.
  • Wireless printing is now available at this branch. Download the software needed to print at Novato.

Printers & Copiers

  • B&W & color printers
  • 2 copy machines (B&W only)
  • No fax machine

Accessibility

  • Handicapped parking spaces.
  • Accessible restrooms.
  • Accessible self-check machine and book return.
  • ADA workstation.

Meeting Room/ Study Space

  • Novato Library does not have public meeting rooms.
  • We try to keep our Community Room open to the public as much as possible, and therefore reserve this room only for library events.
  • We do have public study tables that can be used by tutors & students. Tutor policy

Donating Books & Materials

  • We accept small quantities of donations at the branch (due to limited storage space).
  • Larger donations can be taken to the bookstore run by the Friends – Book Place.
  • Books should be in good condition. We also accept DVDs, videos, CDs and magazines.
  • We do not accept textbooks. (The Friends do not accept textbooks or magazines).
  • Donated items are usually sold at the branch or at the Friends bookstore.

Friends Groups

From the Branch Manager: We welcome you to explore our library, where staff welcome you with a smile and know many of you by name. We are pleased to offer you a great selection of materials, in a variety of formats; from board books to DVDs, in addition to a wide range of programs for all ages. Whatever your interest, we’ll do our best to meet your needs. Just as we’ve done since 1927, we look forward to providing each and everyone in our community with great, personal library service.

Branch News

¿Ha notado la vitrina de cristal en la Biblioteca de Novato? ¿Tiene una colección y le gustaría mostrarla? De ser así, llame al (415) 473-2050, pregunte por Silvia Molina, o venga a la biblioteca y deje su información de contacto en...
¡Más obras de arte de los niños y niñas que asisten a la hora de Cuentos Familiares Bilingües y Actividades en la biblioteca de Novato!  Aquí los veo los miércoles de 5:30-6:30pm. More artwork from the children who attend Bilingual...

Upcoming Events

Storytimes

  • Mother Goose on the Loose for babies 6-18 mths.
    Thursdays 10 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Lapsit Storytime for ages 18-36 months.
    Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6 years.
    Wednesdays & Saturdays 11 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Bilingual Family Storytime & Playtime
    Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Storytimes are subject to change. Please check our calendar to see upcoming storytimes at Novato Library.

 

 

Book Clubs

  • Wednesday Night Book Club
    4th Wednesdays 7-8 p.m.
  • Mystery Reader’s Book Club Morning Edition
    2nd Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday Afternoon Book Club
    3rd Thursdays 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday Night Mystery Book Club
    3rd Thursdays 7-8 p.m.
  • Spanish Language Book Club
    2nd Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Book Club at Margaret Todd Senior Center
    1st Wednesdays. Call 897-1142 for details.

Book club dates are subject to change. Please check our calendar to confirm. Special book club copies are available at book club meetings or by calling the Information Desk at 415-473-2050.

 

Computer Classes

  • One-to-One Computer Tutoring by appointment (in English or Spanish)
  • One-to-One eBook Help by appointment (in English or Spanish)

Computer tutoring and ebook help sessions are available by appointment only. Please sign up by calling 415-473-2069. Space is limited and tutoring sessions fill up quickly!