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  • WIFI
Location Address:

1720 Novato Blvd
Novato CA 94947

Phone: 415-473-2050
Branch Manager: Janet Doerge
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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)
  • 1 scanner - print, fax, email or save documents to USB


  • 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

  Add Feathers to Our Turkey Jar!All kids up to 5th grade Sponsored by the Friends of the Novato Library  Throughout the month of November,check out Spanish/Bilingual material fora chance to win a $20.00 gift card! At...
3 Little Pigs: The Science Behind the Story
Construction crews were out in full force this morning at the Novato Library!  Teams of children and adults designed, constructed and tested buildings made of straw, sticks and bricks as part of the Summer Reading Program “3 Little Pigs...

Upcoming Events

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Our NEW schedule starting June 6 - August 19:

Note: All programs are for children with parent or caregiver

  • Music & Movement for toddlers and caregivers
    Tuesdays 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Story Power for preschoolers, ages 2-6 yrs, and their caregivers
    Wednesdays 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Plaza Nights for families of all ages and abilities
    Wednesdays 4:30pm*starts June15th
  • Baby Playdate for ages 0-3 and caregivers
    Thursdays 10 – 10:30 a.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.
  • Thursday Morning Mystery Book Club
    2nd Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-noon
  • 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 473-2050 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 eBook Help by appointment (in English)
    Sign up for a 20 minute session at the Novato Library Information Desk or by calling 415-473-2050.
  • Aprenda a usar su tableta o lo básico en computación.  (en Español)
    Para obtener una cita de una hora, por favor deje su información en el Escritorio de Información o deje un mensaje al 415-473-2068.
    Learn to use your tablet or computer basics. (in Spanish)
    To obtain an hour appointment, please leave your information at the Information Desk or leave a message at 415-473-2068.