San Mateo County Libraries are the heartbeat of our communities, providing unmatched services and consistently ranked as one of the best libraries in the nation. Whether a person is interested in adult literacy classes, baby sign language programs, or starting a business, the libraries are available to support everyone in their educational and creative endeavors with free, equal access to resources and programs. San Mateo County Libraries provide opportunities for:
- Children to build and gain confidence and skills through early learning and literacy programs like storytimes, STEAM activities, and summer enrichment camps.
- Teens to learn leadership skills by mentoring younger students, practicing problem-solving skills, or collaborating with a group.
- Adults to connect with other community members, earn a high school diploma and career certificate, and expand skills with technology.
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 revenue comes from dedicated property taxes and covers the staffing and basic operational costs of the libraries, however, the extensive and innovative programming offered for all ages comes from one-time funds, which are not guaranteed year after year. For our libraries to continue to thrive, it is imperative to have a systemwide foundation that can strengthen 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! By 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 library collections and technology, free programs and events, and expanded access – ensuring the continued strength of San Mateo County Libraries.