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 on 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 a variety of 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 (bed-time 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 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 1-2 business days and provide you instructions on how to activate your Calm account.
Please note: There are a limited amount of Calm accounts, so we are following a first-come, first-served process. If a Calm account is not available, you will be placed on a waitlist.