Severe Weather in San Mateo County: What To Know & Where To Go

As San Mateo County navigates the current storm season, we are ready to welcome you to our libraries for a warm, dry place to seek shelter, charge up your devices, get work done or do some exploring.

Storm Resources

  • During winter storms and power outages, our libraries can be a great place to pass the time and access WiFi and electricity. Most of our libraries are regularly open until 8:00 PM Monday-Thursday and until 5:00 PM on weekends. We encourage you to check our website to ensure our libraries aren't experiencing any outages. We offer complimentary laptops and WiFi hotspots that can be checked out to use at the library or take home.
  • San Mateo County, opens a new window offers important information on storm preparedness and emergency contact information.
  • Storms can bring flooded roads, downed trees and power outages. In response, our libraries sometimes serve as Community Resource Centers, opens a new window or provide extra resources such as emergency kits. Visit for the latest information on any extra resources our libraries are providing.

Know Before You Go

Rainy Day Reads & Games to Pass the Time

Looking for some electricity-free entertainment in case of a power outage? Our libraries have  board games and puzzles  available for checkout!

All our libraries also now have umbrella caddies for your rainy day needs: short or tall, there’s space for all! Next time you visit us and drop off your umbrella, take a moment to check out these titles:


The Big Umbrella

Under the Love Umbrella

Zebra's Umbrella

The Red Umbrella