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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Curbside Holds Pickup

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Our curbside pickup service offers a contactless and convenient way to obtain books and other materials. Access to our library buildings remain closed to the public.

How does curbside pickup work?

  1. Place holds on the items you want in the library catalog. &a...
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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Friends of the Library Donation Day

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Donate books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition!


  • Limit of one bankers box or two grocery bags per person.
  • Place items in trunk or hatch of your vehicle.
  • Stay in your car.  A volunteer will signal you to open your hatch and retrieve your item...
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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Virtual Art Exhibits

Virtual Art Exhibits Sep_Oct 2020

Even though the Main Library is closed, you can enjoy our rotating art exhibits by local artists virtually!  The following exhibits will be available online from September 1 - October 31, 2020.

Jerry McLaughlinPaintingsView the Exhibit

Dan WoodardS...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Chromebook Cafe

Chromebook Cafe

Get internet access in September on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM and Thursdays from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM for up to 30 minutes.  Four Chromebooks will be available in front of the Main Library (55 W. Third Avenue, San Mateo) under the overhang...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Blind Book Bundles for Teens

Book Bundle for Teens

Get 3 free books!  Fill out a questionnaire and library staff will curate 3 books that match your reading interests.  For students in the 8th – 12th grade only.

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Book Bundles For Kids!

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Choose from one of eight different topics:

  • ABC’s & 123’s/Colors
  • Animals
  • Board Books
  • Diverse Voices
  • Families
  • Fantasy
  • Funny
  • Things That Go

What is a Book Bundle?  A Book Bundle is a set of 4 books on the same topic or theme, and may ...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Free Online Tutoring


Get unlimited, live homework help with your San Mateo Public Library card.  Tutors are available 1pm-10pm daily.

Brainfuse Library
Posted on: August 29, 2019

New Expanded Collection! RBdigital - Electronic Magazines

RB Digital Magazines

With RBdigital you can read and download your favorite magazines anytime, anywhere with your library card.  Select from over 3,000 titles in 15 languages!  Check out as many magazines as you want—there are never any holds or du...

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RBdigtial Library
Posted on: June 9, 2020

Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Were All In This Together

The San Mateo Public Library stands against racism and injustice.   We are committed to providing educational and informative materials on issues that affect our community.  Below is a list of resources addressing the important issues of...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Our Digital Doors are Open 24/7

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With your library card, you can access digital books, music, movies, magazines, newspapers, homework help, and more.  Below are a few of our digital resources.  For a full list of all of our resources, view our eLibrary resources page.


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Posted on: February 2, 2018



Thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums and audiobooks to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with your library card.

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Streaming Movies


Enjoy more than 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films through Kanopy.   Create an account, download the app, and watch them on your smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV.  You may view 10 movies per month; the loa...

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Posted on: June 29, 2019

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