Library-in-Place

The coronavirus may be keeping us all home, but that doesn't mean the Library can't still serve you. Keep up to date on coronavirus information at the Marin Department of Health and Human Services.

No doubt you have questions. And we have some answers. Check our Closure Frequently Asked Questions. And then, enjoy:


Ancestry.com

Your Family May Be Larger Than You Think...

Comb genealogical records and uncover your ancestors' stories through Ancestry.com, which is available for remote use during the shelter-in-place. Ordinarily it is only available to use at the Library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Click here to start discovering! (Psst - forgot your PIN? No problem: reset it here).


Finding Your Next Read

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader practicing social distancing, must be in want of a virtual book club." The Library is happy to announce our new Jane Austen Club. Join us at 1:00pm on April 14th to discuss Emma. For more information and to register, click here

Austen not your cup of tea? 

We're firm believers that you should read what you love. Simply fill out our Book Rx form and we will send you a list of personalized book suggestions. During Shelter In Place, we're limiting our recommendations to digital content (ebooks and audiobooks).

Catch us in real time on twitter. #AskALibrarian for reading recommendations from 9:00-10:00am PST every Thursday. Tweet us what kind of book you want to read using that hashtag and we'll tweet back a fabulous read.


eBooks and eAudiobooks with Libby

Libby logoAccess thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks on your phone, tablet, or Kindle with Libby! This easy-to-use app is your one-stop shop for finding, checking out, reading, listening to, and returning your content.

If you have problems with app installation or connecting your account, contact us at reference@cityofmillvalley.org. Once you have Libby up and running, you can use Libby Academy if you need more help. Tap Libby's face icon in the top right in the app, then select Learn Libby under Help & Support.

Your eBooks and eAudio will return themselves at the end of your checkout period, but to earn some real karma and help more people read more books, if you finish early, please return your materials ("Manage Loan" from the "Shelf" screen).


No Library Card? No Problem!

Don’t yet have a library card to take advantage of our fabulous digital offerings? No problem! Click here to sign up for a new card  and quickly get started. 

Already have a card but are having trouble accessing materials? If you can't remember your PIN, click here to reset it.

Otherwise, email us; we're working remotely too! Our reference librarians and circulation staff are available to answer your questions and help you access your account.

For help with a new or existing library card and other account questions, email circ@cityofmillvalley.org.

For help accessing online resources and other questions, email reference@cityofmillvalley.org.


Streaming Video

Get your stream on through Kanopy, an awesome resource for world cinema and documentaries, and also selections from the Criterion Collection and Great Courses. There is even a Kanopy Kids collection as well as a K-12 lessons series. The best part: you can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices!

How to get streaming:

  1. First, check your home library here. Every patron who lives in Marin except those in San Rafael has access to Kanopy, but each subscription is through your home library (not necessarily the library you use the most).
  2. Click Get Started at Kanopy.com.
  3. Find and select your home library.
  4. Enter your library card number and PIN/password.
  5. Create a Kanopy account using your preferred email. The password you set up here will be just for Kanopy.
  6. Begin streaming!
     Forgot your library PIN/Password?   Reset it here.

Story Time at Home

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Children's Librarian Lauren reads favorite books, sings songs, and does fingerplays and flannel stories. Watch her first story time here, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great content for all ages.


The New York Times Online

The New York Times website has dropped its paywall for coronavirus coverage, but you can also explore the rest of the site and read unlimited articles when you
1. Create a New York Times account and
2. follow this link to generate a 24-hour pass.