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The Moya del Pino Library and Ross Historical Society

The unique and charming Octagon House on the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center serves as the Moya del Pino Library, complemented by the Ross Historical Society’s wealth of historical resources.


The public is encouraged to take advantage of this unique reference library. The collection is devoted to works related to art, decorative arts, architecture, gardening and local history. Many of the original volumes are from the personal collections of the Moya del Pino family and and other local families. The Library is open by appointment – please contact for information.

Our Activities


COVID-19 NOTICE: Please note that, while the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center are open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week and the parking lot is open from 10 am to 4 pm, we are not yet able to open our library or hold in-person events. We will provide updates when we know more and we appreciate your understanding and support.


In addition to the reference library, we organize the following activities:


First Friday Forenoon Programs

Presentations are given by authors, artists, scholars, experts in a given field, and in a variety of interesting topic areas

Town of Ross Annual July 4th Celebration

MOYA-RHS participates in the Town festivities by displaying historic photographs at Ross Common. 

Books and Articles

The Historical Society researches and contributes articles to a variety of publications. It has also published "Ross California – The People, the Places, the History," a thorough and entertaining account of the Town’s history beginning with its pioneers in the early 1800’s.  A book about the life and works of José Moya del Pino is forthcoming.

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