Card Services

A library card issued at any one of our Libraries entitles you to use the resources and services available at all the libraries, opens a new window in the Peninsula Library System. Please be aware that remote use of some online resources is limited to cardholders of the subscribing library.

Get a Library Card

If you live anywhere in San Mateo County, applying for a library card is as simple as applying online. Your new library card will be mailed to you within 3 business days.

Youth Library Card

San Mateo County Libraries have eliminated daily late fees for materials checked out to children and teens effective July 1, 2016. In honor of this policy change, we partnered with four amazing California-based artists and illustrators (Lisa Brown, opens a new windowJoe Cepeda, opens a new windowAlina Chau, opens a new window, and Christian Robinson, opens a new window) to create some new beautifully designed youth library cards for children and teens to choose from.

Start here to apply online for your youth library card today.

Teacher Library Card

San Mateo County Libraries offer a special Teacher Card for teachers, home school educators, or daycare providers who live or work in our service area (see list of participating libraries) and who want a separate library card for classroom use only.

Benefits include:

  • No fines fees on SMCL materials (you will be responsible for lost or damaged items).
  • Longer loans on materials used in the classroom (excludes holiday and high-demand material).
  • Teacher Card library records to help keep classroom use materials separate from personal use items.

If interested, please contact Customer Care at 1-833-YES-SMCL (1-833-937-7625) or text us at (650) 851-0147 from 10 AM - 8 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 10 AM - 5 PM, Friday through Sunday, except on holiday closures.

Get Notifications

Notices by Email

We will email you when items placed on hold are ready to pick up or if your items are overdue. Log in to your San Mateo County Libraries account to set up this service. Click MY Account and then My Settings. Under Contact Information, click on Show your contact information. Enter your email address in the Email Address box and click on the Save Changes button. You will now get your notices by email.

Notices by Text Message

SMCL is pleased to offer the convenience of notices by text message powered by Shoutbomb. Instead of receiving paper, phone, or email reminders, library notifications can now be sent via text message. To register for this service, simply send a text message with the keyword SIGNUP to and answer a few simple questions. Once the registration process has been completed, all of the features, Auto-Renewal, Holds and Late Fee notices, are turned on.

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