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San Mateo County Libraries is still serving the community

Even if you’re sheltering in place, there’s a big world to explore. San Mateo County Libraries now makes that easier than ever. The home page has been redesigned to share many virtual experiences, including watching the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sea otters, participating in kids’ programs, and learning a new language or how to paint – all from home.

From the Libraries:

Join a Library Staff-led Event

Virtual staff-led events continue to grow and connect! With more than 25 online events per week, you can continue to learn new skills and use online resources from your computer.





Need Tech Help? The Library is there for you

Want to learn more about our eMedia and eResources? Book an appointment through the brand-new service, One-on-One Assistance – Tech Help.   Library staff will guide you through the process! Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM and can last up to 45 minutes. Library staff will be using Zoom, a free online meeting platform where you can ask questions, share screens, and collaborate.




Text for Customer Support

Getting help from knowledgeable librarians has never been easier. The text messaging service is available seven days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM. Just text your library-related question to (650) 851-0147 and one of the friendly librarians will respond as soon as possible.





Take a Virtual Field Trip!

Take your family on a virtual field trip with the Explore From Home section of our website! You can explore free museums, art and science exhibits, animal attractions and more from Monterey, California to Paris, France and beyond through virtual tours. Start your online journey here or by visiting the Explore From Home row on the front page of our website.


Resources Available for Teachers, Students

Teachers, educators and students have sought creative solutions to distance learning. With a wealth of online resources, the libraries have plenty of tools to help them succeed. Visit the recently launched teacher and student online resource webpage. The page includes a collection of online resources, like online tutoring or book discussion guides, and relevant blogs with helpful information about improving distance learning. 

The Libraries supporting the community

Library Staff, 3D Printers Make Protective Gear 

 When the libraries were open, the 3D printers created toys, tools and other household items daily. Now, they are busy churning out a vital community service — protective gear for healthcare workers! 

With a commitment to our communities and desire to help, library staff began using our 17 3D printers this week to create face shields and ear savers to protect front line medical staff. In one month, more than 300 ear savers and over 600 face shields were provided. Read more here.




Reading for Hope With the Poet Laureate

The libraries partnered with our County Poet Laureate to launch a new program — Reading for Hope. Poet Laureates will be recording readings of their own poems as well as poem submissions from the community. These “poems of hope” aim to share joy during shelter in place. Check out the Poet Laureate’s website to view a poem reading or to submit a poem of your own. 




The Foundation for San Mateo County Libraries was established to strengthen and invest in systemwide library programs and initiatives. Donations fund and enhance collections and technology, free programs and events, and expanded access – ensuring the continued strength of San Mateo County Libraries.


San Mateo County Libraries serves the diverse communities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.