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:


Get a Personalized Reading List (PeRL)

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Are your kids in need of a new book or five? We've got your back. 

Librarians are standing by to get great choices into their hands, all available through the Library's free downloadable ebook systems (Hoopla and Libby).

Kids in 4th through 8th grade can talk to a librarian one-on-one over Zoom or take our online questionnaire to get a Personalized Reading List of their own. Let's get reading!

Having trouble using Hoopla or Libby? Click here to contact us.


COVID-19 Archive

We invite you to contribute your reflections on how you are experiencing the ongoing situation around COVID-19 to our Lucretia Little History Room permanent collection. In this challenging and unique time, we have witnessed incredible and creative examples of connection, hope, and unity. Share your story so that we may preserve them for the future!

Submissions may include:

  • Photographs
  • Correspondence
  • Journal entries
  • Artwork (drawings, paintings, poetry)

As you get ready to send us your materials, think about how they capture your experience and the effects of COVID-19 on your daily life. How has social distancing affected you? What is it like being an essential worker? What has the transition to telecommuting been like? What changes have you noticed in your daily routines and interactions with your community?

Feel free to write a paragraph to accompany your submission (no more than 150 words) to tell us why you chose that item, how your life has changed during this time, or anything that might help future generations understand how COVID-19 has affected Mill Valley.

Please send your high-resolution digital submission to: with the subject line Submission: COVID-19 Archive 
We ask that you limit yourself to one submission.

Include the following information with your submission:

  • Date (when was the item created?)
  • Location (address, cross-streets, and/or neighborhood that the item is referring to)
  • A short title (e.g. An Abandoned Downtown, Our Family Under Stress, My Overstocked Pantry)
  • Choose to include your name or remain anonymous

Please evaluate your privacy needs before you send us your content. Your submission may appear on our website, in our social media, in exhibitions, and in formats and channels we can't even imagine that will be available decades from now. By sending us content, you represent that you own the content, it is original to you, and you give the Library the right to copy, display, and adapt the content in perpetuity in any media existing now or in the future.


Virtual Book Clubs

All books are free to download from Hoopla. Contact us if you need help. 
(Registrants will be sent a Zoom link for the virtual meetings)

Discovering Other Lives Book Club  |  Thursday, May 7th - 7:00pm 
Featured book: The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri. Click here to register.

World Lit Book Club  |  Wednesday, May 13th - 7:00pm 
Featuring Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evisto. Click here to register.

The Jane Austen Club  |  Tuesday, May 19th - 1:00-2:00pm 
Discuss Northanger Abbey, Austen's delightful satire of the gothic novel. Click here to register.

 Award Winning American Novels Book Club  |  Tuesday, May 26th - 7:00pm
Featuring News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Click here to register.

The Great Escape Book Club  |  Wednesday, May 27th - 6:00pm
Discuss Agatha Christie's gripping mystery, Crooked House. Click here to register. 


What's the hullabaloo about Hoopla?

There are many great reasons to check out our latest new offering. Hoopla lets you borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. One of its best features? There are no wait lists. Find a title you like, and boom -  download it, stream it, read it - there are tons of options for enjoying Hoopla content on different devices including your smartphone. 

But why the name Hoopla?  Check out the meaning of this word and get the full etymology through another one of our fabulous free resources, the Oxford English Dictionary. Simply enter your barcode and pin for access (available to all 94941 residents). If you can figure out why Hoopla is called Hoopla, let us know!

To get started:
2. Create an account with an email and password.
3. Search for the Mill Valley Public Library.
4. Enter your library card number and pin.
4. You're in!

Having trouble using Hoopla?  
Contact us or try the Hoopla FAQs at:

Don't yet have a library card?  Click here to sign up for a new card.
Can't remember your PIN?  Click here to reset it.

Please note: If you live in unincorporated Mill Valley, your access to Hoopla will be provided through the Marin County Free Library system. You can double-check which is your "home library" here.


Get Your Learn On with

Want to learn to code a website? Take better photographs? Wow 'em at your next meeting with Powerpoint presentations worthy of a TED talk? Or perhaps there's that course on time management you just keep putting off ... The Library is happy to announce the return of, an online video learning service.

Lynda's library of professionally-taught courses can help guide you on a new career path or get you established with a new hobby. You may remember that the Library previously discontinued our Lynda subscription when LinkedIn, owner of Lynda, began to enact policies that were incompatible with our commitment to your online privacy, but those policies have changed and we are glad to be able to offer this resource during our collective shelter-in-place as well as going forward.

Click here to take a look through Lynda's course offerings and dive in to learn something new!

Please note: If you live in unincorporated Mill Valley, your access to Lynda will be provided through the Marin County Free Library system. You can double-check which is your "home library" here. The County is launching Lynda soon; get in touch with them through their website with any questions.


The Virtual Newsstand is Open

It's the weekend, which used to be a time to kick back and relax. We think we can still help, thanks to the Library's subscription to RBDigital Magazines.

Immerse yourself in popular culture with Vanity Fair or Rolling Stone, read essays in the New Yorker, contemplate modern design in Dwell or try a new dessert from Bon Appetit. Choose from a variety of magazines like Wired, The Economist, and the New York Review of Books and read them cover to (virtual) cover. There are kids' magazines too, including Highlights and National Geographic Kids.

Available for iPads and iPhones, Android phones and tablets, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, and through your favorite web browser on Macs and PCs. Create an RBDigital account, link your library card, and start flipping through your favorite magazines. There are no queues and no returns necessary.

If you run into a spot of bother setting up, check our Contact Us page for the many wondrous ways to get a helping hand.


Sing & Stomp: Parlez-vous français?

Bluegrass band musician Emily Bonn is known to many Mill Valley tots for her Sing & Stomp program at the Library. She is now sheltering in place like the rest of us, but in France! Ooh-la-la! Missing her youngest fans, she created a special virtual Sing & Stomp to reconnect with them while away. Click here to catch her first installment and every Tuesday on the Library's Youtube channel.

Speaking of Paris, is your French a bit rusty? With Mango Languages, you can not only brush up on your French, but learn other European languages as well as Greek, Russian, and Mandarin. Click here to start learning now. On the sign in page, click Use Mango as a Guest to give it a try, but you can also create a Mango account to keep track of your progress if you like what you see.


Get in Touch

Wish you could just talk to a real, live person? Call us! Mill Valley Library staff are now available Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm to take calls and answer questions. We're also here if you just want to talk to us about what you're reading. Let us know how you are sheltering in place. We miss you.

Call us at (415) 389-4292. Don't want to talk on the phone but want a quick response, we now have live chat! Click here for details including all the ways to reach us.


Virtual Fermentation Nation: Spring Into Sourdough Class

According to Google Trends, "BREAD" has reached peak popularity. Franklin's Spring into Sourdough class can't be far behind. With his tips for everything from measuring and fermenting to proofing and baking, you'll have a sourdough starter and delicious bread in no time.
While you're watching the class, Kanopy Kids Curiosity Quest's episode "Bakery: Bread Making" can keep your child occupied. You might also want to check out their Great Courses' "A Brief History of Bread." is a useful forum to ask questions of a knowledgeable and welcoming community.

Savor the mini moments of zen watching @DanLarn score bread on Instagram. His feed is full of drool-worthy doughs, poke-able proofs, and enviable loaves. His website has a pretty thorough "how to" page, too.

The New York Times has a round up of bread recipes for any skill level. Recipes aren't included in the Library's free access to the NYT (but you can take advantage of a 4-week free trial).

Check out this interview in Wired about the current rise in bread baking, and why you should release yourself from the pressure of perfection. 

A final recommendation: Tartine Bread is available through Libby as an ebook - but you'd better get in line. It's popular!

Your Family May Be Larger Than You Think...

Comb genealogical records and uncover your ancestors' stories through, 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).


Read What You Love

"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 May 19th to discuss Northanger Abbey. 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 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

For help accessing online resources and other questions, email


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
  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 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.