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San Mateo County Libraries

San Mateo County Libraries are the heartbeat of our communities. They provide unmatched services and consistently ranked as one of the best libraries in the nation. Whether you are interested in adult literacy classes, baby sign language programs, or starting a business, the libraries are available to support you. A library card gives everyone free, equal access to resources and programs. The Libraries provide opportunities for: 

  • Children to gain confidence and skills through early learning and literacy programs. These include storytimes, STEAM activities, and summer enrichment camps. 
  • Teens to learn leadership  or problem-solving skills.   
  • Adults to connect with others, earn a high school diploma or expand their own skills.  

The Need for a Foundation

San Mateo County Libraries serve the diverse cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside and the unincorporated areas of the County. The primary source of funds come from dedicated property taxes that cover the basic operational costs. However, the innovative programming offered for all ages comes from one-time funds from grants. These are not guaranteed year after year. For our libraries to continue to thrive, a systemwide foundation is key to build and invest in library programs and initiatives. The Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries was established in 2018 to build this legacy for our communities. 

Join us! When you becoming a donor, you will invest in the power to enrich the lives of everyone in our communities. With gifts from generous people like you, we can continue to fund and enhance the libraries.  The goal is ensuring the continued strength of San Mateo County Libraries.