San Mateo County Libraries Named a 5-Star Library

We’re excited to announce San Mateo County Libraries has been named a 2021 5-Star Library! The national honor comes from the professional publication Library Journal (LJ), who every year scores U.S. public libraries on its LJ Index of Public Library Service.

The award acknowledges our success and commitment to serving our community through transformative experiences and is a testament to our efforts in designing programs and services that enrich and uplift those we serve.

The 2021 scores and ratings are based on fiscal year 2019 data, but also spotlight our most recent efforts during the challenges of 2020 and this year. They wanted to learn how we quickly responded to public need during the pandemic. At San Mateo County Libraries, that has included curbside service, central Customer Care, WiFi hotspots, laptops and more online resources than ever before.

Throughout the pandemic’s challenges, we have seized the opportunity to reimagine our programs and were honored to support our county’s emergency work by assisting with contact tracing, vaccination efforts and helping to ease food insecurities. Read more about our efforts featured in the interview with our Director of Library Services, Anne-Marie Despain.

Celebrate with us by accessing our array of materials and services. Check out a book or register for one of our upcoming events, and know that we are delighted to serve you!