San Mateo County Libraries Closure

We want to thank you for your support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our operations because of the COVID-19 outbreak. In response to the San Mateo County Health Department’s guidanceopens a new window around social distancing, the Library JPA Governing Board made the difficult decision to close all locations to public access effective Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, May 3. Most outreach and mobile services will also be suspended at that time.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding during this uncertain time. We look forward to welcoming you back to San Mateo County Libraries soon.

Library Materials:

Don’t worry about fines — in order to provide equitable access to resources, San Mateo County Libraries has been fine-free since 2019. Due dates and holds will automatically be extended to accommodate the closure period. You can continue to drop off your library materials at any one of our community libraries.

Free Online Resources:

We are always open at smcl.orgopens a new window with several Online Resourcesopens a new window available to access from home 24/7. Our online collection includes:

Access these resources and more for free using your library card. If you need any assistance, please get in touch via emailopens a new window.

Additional Information:

We realize that this may present a hardship to our patrons, but we are working on innovative solutions to help preserve library access. We will continue to post new alerts as updates occur. For health and hygiene tips, reliable news sources, and library news regarding the Coronavirus, read our recent blogopens a new window.


Library Update for March 15: Due to updated guidance from the County Health Department, San Mateo County Libraries that are open today will only be available for checking out or dropping off items.  As many of you are aware, the spread of COVID-19 in our community is still a high risk. Patrons can work with staff to pick up items from the lobby only. We are not allowing browsing or access to computers at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. All of our Libraries will close Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, May 3.


Queremos agradecerle por su apoyo y paciencia mientras continuamos evaluando y ajustando nuestras operaciones debido al brote de COVID-19. En respuesta a la orientación del Departamento de San Mateo County Health sobre el distanciamiento social, la Junta de Gobierno de la Biblioteca JPA tomó la difícil decisión de cerrar todas las bibliotecas al público a partir del lunes 16 de marzo hasta el domingo 3 de mayo. La mayoría de los servicios de extensión y móviles también serán suspendidos en este momento.

Gracias por su continua cooperación y comprensión durante este tiempo incierto. Esperamos darle la bienvenida pronto a las Bibliotecas del Condado de San Mateo.

Materiales de biblioteca:

No se preocupe por las multas: para proporcionar un acceso equitativo a los recursos, las bibliotecas del condado de San Mateo han estado libres de multas desde 2019. Las fechas de vencimiento y las retenciones se extenderán automáticamente para acomodar el período de cierre. Puede continuar entregando los materiales de su biblioteca en cualquiera de nuestras bibliotecas comunitarias.

 Recursos en línea:

 Siempre estamos abiertos en smcl.org con varios recursos en línea disponibles para acceder desde su casa 24/7. Nuestra colección en línea incluye:

Acceda a estos recursos y más de forma gratuita con su tarjeta de la biblioteca. Si necesita ayuda, póngase en contacto por correo electrónico. 

Información Adicional:

Continuaremos publicando nuevas alertas a medida que se produzcan actualizaciones. Para consejos de salud e higiene, fuentes de noticias confiables y noticias de la biblioteca sobre el Coronavirus, lea nuestro último blog en https://smcl.org/blogs/post/coronavirus-resources/"

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