Our First Library Outpost is Coming!

We're excited to announce our first Library Outpost is almost complete!

The Library Outpost Grand Opening will take place on Tuesday, July 23, from 3:00-5:00 PM at Pacifica Sanchez Library. Keep an eye out for more event details coming soon.

What is a Library Outpost?

Our Library Outposts will be easy-to-use, 24-hour, seven-day-a-week automated library vending hubs. The first Library Outpost will be installed at the Pacifica Sanchez Library, to expand access to library materials and inspire community engagement with an outdoor gathering space to enjoy the outdoors. 

The new Pacifica Sanchez Library Outpost will offer a curated collection of over 300 books and media. The lending machine will allow community members to browse, select items and return materials. The outpost also includes sustainable outdoor furniture, a canopy to provide shade and sun protection, and free WiFi service.

Think of the outpost as an extension of the library, available anytime.

Construction Work

Construction will begin in early December and is expected to be completed in summer 2024. The library will remain open during construction, pending any unforeseen construction needs. Any potential closure dates will be posted as soon as they are scheduled. Construction will occur Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM outside, in front of the library.

Pacifica Sanchez Library Hours

  • Monday — Closed
  • Tuesday — 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday — 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday-Friday — Closed
  • Saturday — 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday — Closed

Future Outposts

To increase access to our physical and digital collections throughout the county, we are exploring locations to add several more Library Outposts along the coast and in unincorporated communities. Our Library Outposts will not replace the services provided by the Bookmobile or community libraries, instead they will complement and expand services. These future, inviting spaces will allow residents to explore our library services beyond our physical buildings in the natural environment.

San Mateo County Libraries is looking at various ways to bring library materials closer to the homes and workplaces of our community members that are historically or currently underserved, challenged by geographic isolation from their nearest library or have limited public transportation options. One way to better serve these populations is to establish library outposts.