Welcome Back! Announcing In-Library, Express Service 


We’re so excited to welcome you back to San Mateo County Libraries and reopen our doors with limited in-library services. All of our communities will have in-library Express Service, which includes computer and printing access, browsing and checking out items, picking up holds.

These services are the next step in a careful, phased approach to safely re-instituting library offerings, access, and exploration! After a year of connecting with you digitally through virtual programs, online resources, and remote services, we are excited to welcome you back to your community library.

Visiting Guidelines

The safety of our community members and staff is of utmost importance to us. When visiting our libraries, we ask that you follow our guidelines and try to make your library visit quick and efficient.  

  • While utilizing in-library services, patrons ages 2 and up will be required to wear masks and abide by physical distancing guidelines.
  • Community members will be encouraged to limit visits to 60 minutes to ensure that everyone can enjoy the library. 

Services Available Within the Libraries 

We are pleased to safely offer modified, limited services. Many library offerings, like study rooms or Makerspaces, are not yet available. 

  • Browse our collection
  • Pick up holds
  • Connect and use Wi-Fi
  • Access and use computers for up to one hour
  • Use our printers 

Other Contactless Services 

Do you still prefer a contact-free, convenient experience? Beginning Monday, April 19, our popular Curbside Services will continue to be offered at all our libraries with new hours of operation!  

  • Curbside Walk-up Service, opens a new window - Picking up your holds just got easier! No need to make an appointment. Just visit the Walk-up window from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Wednesday. Or you can come inside the library during Express Service* Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM* except during holiday closures, to browse and check out your holds.
  • Our library programs, opens a new window — which include storytimes, author talks, book clubs, and more — will continue to be held virtually.
  • Our online resources, opens a new window and digital collection of eBooks, eAudioBooks, music, and movies are available to you at any time.  

Libraries Offering Express Service and Curbside Hours

  • Express Service: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • Curbside Services: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 

Atherton Library, opens a new window
2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane
Atherton CA 94027 

Belmont Library, opens a new window
1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont CA 94002 

Brisbane Library, opens a new window
163 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane CA 94005 

East Palo Alto Library, opens a new window 
2415 University Avenue
East Palo Alto CA 94303 

Foster City Library, opens a new window
1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard
Foster City CA 94404 

Half Moon Bay Library, opens a new window 
Correas Street
Half Moon Bay CA 94019 

Millbrae Library, opens a new window
1 Library Avenue
Millbrae CA 9403 

North Fair Oaks, opens a new window 
2510 Middlefield Road
Redwood City CA 94063 

Pacifica Sharp Park Library, opens a new window
104 Hilton Way
Pacifica CA 94044 

Portola Valley Library, opens a new window 
765 Portola Road
Portola Valley CA 94028 

San Carlos Library, opens a new window
610 Elm Street
San Carlos CA 94070 

Woodside Library, opens a new window 
3140 Woodside Road
Woodside CA 94062 

New Curbside Hours For Pacifica Sanchez

Starting the week of April 19, Curbside Services will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. 

Pacifica Sanchez Library, opens a new window
1111 Terra Nova Boulevard
Pacifica CA 94044

Express Service Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! All of our locations are open for you to come inside. Visit our Locations page for a list of locations and hours.

  • Yes. Each of our libraries will have a designated parking space for curbside services. Just pull up and call us at 1-833-YES-SMCL (1-833-937-7625) or text us at (650) 851-0147, and we'll bring your holds out to your car.

  • You can come inside the library during any of our open hours. For a list of locations and hours visit our Locations page