County of Marin - News Releases - Interactive Online Catalog

For Immediate Release
August 03, 2016

Libraries to Unveil New Interactive Online Catalog

Countywide library group MARINet announces partnership with BiblioCommons

Man on ComputerBrowsing on the New Interactive Online Catalog
San Rafael, CA – Library fans are about to have full and free access to a new online catalog designed to build a bridge between library branches and the digital world.

The Marin County Free Library (MCFL) has announced that MARINet, a consortium of public and academic libraries in Marin, has partnered with library leader BiblioCommons to provide a new online catalog that is highly interactive and easy to use. MARINet worked with BiblioCommons to craft an interface that encourages community engagement around the millions of books, movies, CDs, and kits on offer from local libraries.

The catalog launched August 3 at

San Rafael Public Library Director Sarah Houghton said the BiblioCommons site is a new way for Marin residents to engage with each other about what they read, watch, and hear. “Imagine if Goodreads and Amazon had a baby. That’s BiblioCommons,” she said.

MARINet Systems Librarian Jessica Trenary said the new catalog provides an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with the library community in Marin and beyond. “You can rate and review items, share your reading lists, or get recommendations on topics that interest you,” Trenary said.

The new catalog will also feature staff pick lists, the option to save a preferred library for pick-up, and a tagging system that will help patrons find books by mood or setting. Most notably, books and movies are easier to find with the aid of a smart search function.

Linda Kenton, San Anselmo Town Librarian, said the catalog is an intuitive environment where placing holds on materials, checking when items are due for return and talking about great literature or film comes together in one easy place. “It's like being connected to a super book group,” she said.

In adopting BiblioCommons, MARINet connects users from Marin with patrons from public libraries in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and more than 120 other urban and suburban library systems.

MARINet member libraries are Belvedere Tiburon Library, College of Marin, Dominican University of California’s Archbishop Alemany Library, Larkspur Public Library, Marin County Free Library, Mill Valley Public Library, San Anselmo Public Library, San Rafael Public Library, and Sausalito Public Library. Together they serve more than 265,000 patrons throughout the county.


Sara Jones
Marin County Free Library

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