Pick Up FREE Masks & COVID-19 Test Kits at Your Library

Update as of December 2022: Some San Mateo County Libraries locations still have at-home test kits available for distribution. Please contact our Customer Care to check if your nearest library has test kits available.

San Mateo County Libraries has now received an additional supply of at-home test kits. 

The County of San Mateo is providing these at-home kits and masks for families in need for their use during the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing recovery efforts.

As of Tuesday, February 22, one our libraries has a limited amount of free, at-home COVID-19 test kits still available for pickup. San Carlos Library is the only location with free masks still available for pickup on a first come, first served basis.

At each pickup site, we will distribute one package of at-home test kits per household while supplies last.

Please note the libraries are not testing sites. The test kits are designed for home use.

How to Pick Up COVID-19 At-Home Tests

No appointments are necessary, and tests are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact our Customer Care if you have additional questions.

We encourage pickup of COVID tests at select programming, during our free meal service and during open library hours.

The COVID safety guidelines required at our libraries apply to test and mask pickup. Please:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance whenever possible.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. If at all possible, send someone to pick up tests and masks on your behalf.

Where to Pick Up COVID-19 At-Home Tests

As of Tuesday, February 22, limited supplies are available for pickup at the following location. Supplies are first come, first served. 

East Palo Alto Library 

Monday - Tuesday
10:00AM - 8:00PM

Wednesday - Saturday
10:00AM - 5:00PM


We understand our communities are eager for COVID test kits and we will do our best to provide timely supply updates across our social media channels. Please plan your library trip accordingly. All residents are welcome to pick up these free COVID kits. Neither identification nor a library card will be required.