Inhale, Exhale, Then Get Calm!

In these uncertain times, mental health challenges, such as anxiety, stress and insomnia, can arise. To help our community mitigate these issues, San Mateo County Libraries is proud to be the first public library to partner with Calm, a mindfulness app and service.

What is Calm?

Whether you’re new to meditation and mindfulness or looking to deepen your practice, Calm’s audio content can help you meet your goals. The most popular feature of Calm is a 10-minute meditation called, 'The Daily Calm,' which explores a fresh mindful theme and inspiring concept each day. You can also choose from meditation series, such as “7 Days of Calming Anxiety” or “Train Your Mind,” which is taught by LeBron James, opens a new window.

The Calm Masterclasses are a series of audio courses on various wellness and mindfulness topics, such as Radical Self-Compassion, Stoicism, and Conscious Parenting. These courses are taught by world-renowned experts, such as Tara Brach, opens a new window and Ryan Holiday, opens a new window.

If you’re looking for help with sleeping, Calm also contains some 100 Sleep Stories (bedtime stories for grown-ups), plus sleep music and nature sounds. Some of the Sleep Stories are read by familiar voices, such as Matthew McConaughey, opens a new window, Stephen Fry, opens a new window, and Kelly Rowland, opens a new window.

Calm also offers mindfulness content for children, including short and fun guided meditations and stories to help ease stress or anxiety.

Calm is available in both the App Store, opens a new window and Google Play, opens a new window store, or you can access it via the web, opens a new window.

Calm and San Mateo County Libraries

San Mateo County Libraries cardholders can now check out a Calm account! You get full access to all of Calm’s premium content for six months. Simply fill out our form to submit your library card number and preferred email address. Someone from San Mateo County Libraries will respond within 3-4 business days and provide you instructions on how to activate your Calm account.

Get Calm


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

  • If you’re waiting for an appointment, headed to the park, or taking a break at work, eBook Stops are a great way to help you pass the time! Browse, check out, and download an eBook to your mobile device in a matter of minutes and take it with you to go!

    eBook Stops are a small network device that generates its own Wi-Fi network and connects to an eBook collection curated by San Mateo County Libraries. When connected to the network, you can download and read eBooks in on your phone or tablet without the need for an Internet connection, an additional app or a library card.

  • Yes. We will be offering more hours beginning on Tuesday, March 16 with Curbside Services, opens a new window available Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. When we are safely able to fully reopen to the public, North Fair Oaks Library will have its weekly service hours increased from 50 to 60 hours. We’ll be seeking input on establishing new hours and feedback on services from the community soon.

    Sí. Ofreceremos más horas a partir del martes 16 de marzo con servicio en la acera, opens a new window disponible desde el martes a sábado, de 11:00 AM a 4:00 PM. Cuando podamos reabrir completamente al público, Fair Oaks Branch Library tendrá su horario de servicio aumentado de 50 a 60 horas. Pronto buscaremos información sobre el establecimiento de nuevas horas y comentarios sobre los servicios de la comunidad.

  • The SimplyE app consolidates San Mateo County Libraries’ Overdrive, Axis 360, Enki, and public domain eBooks and eAudiobooks into a single collection.

  • In response to the San Mateo County Health Department’s guidance around social distancing, all of our library locations are closed to public access. With digital titles, online resources, virtual events, and more, we’re still here for you and are Open for Exploration online. For more information, read our blog, opens a new window

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