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Gives Day is a Huge Success!
More than 125 people donated to the library on December 7th earning us an additional $20,000 challenge grant. Thank you for your support!.

San Mateo loves its libraries! They enrich the lives of everyone in San Mateo regardless of age or economic circumstances. The San Mateo Public Library Foundation believes in the power of public libraries to change lives. Your contribution helps bridge the gap between what City funding provides and what the public needs from a 21st century institution. This support expands library services in significant ways, allowing the library to:

  • Fuel Technology Access and Innovation by providing public access computers, printers and scanners. The Library also now offers a laptop and mobile wifi lending program to patrons
  • Expand Outreach to the Community through high impact education and literacy programs that reach early learners, school age children, teens & adults.
  • Ensure Robust Collections of books and online collections. Check out the Library's free online collection. Impressive!!
  • Free Public Programs to the community. Last year, the Library hosted over 1,100 free programs for the community. Music, Art, Culture & More! The breadth of activities and speakers at the library is extraordinary.

Our Fall Fundraising Goal is $150,000. Please join us in supporting the San Mateo Public Library.


News & Events

Julie Lythcott-Haims


Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author of the new memoir Real American and How to Raise an Adult as our featured author at the


MAY 5TH, 2018

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New Executive Director

The SMPLF's Board of Directors is proud to announce that Lynne Esselstein has joined the Foundation as Executive Director. Lynne brings a wealth of experience to her role including positions as an Executive Director of a law firm, 2-term elected representative to Hillsborough City School District, liaison to Hillsborough Schools Foundation, former Board President of Legal Aid Society of San Mateo, and attorney with focus on local government and public policy. She brings leadership and creativity to the Foundation's programs and a deep sense of commitment to the Library and our community. Lynne holds a JD from University of California, Davis and a BA from University of California, Berkeley.

We Appreciate Our Sponsors

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Join the Leadership Circle

Donors of $1,000 and above receive VIP benefits such as an invitation to our annual Leadership Circle Appreciation event each autumn. Become a member now »

Friends of the Library Book Store

Staffed by volunteers, the Friends offer an extensive choice of titles—and a comfortable seating area—in the Main Lobby whenever the Library is open. All purchases provide important support for the Library’s collection.


Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to San Mateo Public Library Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Shop now!

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Library Programs Make a Difference!
Youth Literacy Clinic

Youth Literacy Clinic

San Mateo Public Library partners with golfers to keep 'youth on course' for success.

Read to a Dog Program at the San Mateo Public Library

Read to a Dog

program is a collaboration with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA and wildly popular with children.

Job Seekers Program at the San Mateo Public Library

Job Seekers

get volunteer guidance on job research, resumes and online job applications.

Free Computer and Internet Access at the San Mateo Public Library

Free Computer & Internet Access

is the gateway to information and staying connected to family, friends and world events.

Cultural Events at the Library celebrate the rich diversity of our community

Cultural Events

at the Library celebrate the rich diversity of our community

Registering first time card holders is one of many joyful programs serving our families and children.

Registering first time card holders

is one of many joyful programs serving our families and children.

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