Green Building Information

What Makes the Main Library Green?

The 90,000 sq. ft. public library is a landmark three-story building with two levels of underground parking.

A state-of-the-art resource center for literacy and lifelong learning, the Library features 100 public internet terminals, expanded areas for children and teens, and a sustainable, energy efficient design. View the San Mateo Public Library Sustainable Brochure to learn more.

Stay Informed!

Sign up for email updates and we'll send you information whenever there is a new program available through the library or other local government agency. Look for the topic Sustainability Programs & Information!

Award Winning Green Library

  • 2008 Association of Bay Area Governments - Green Business Certification Achievement 2008 Green Business Award San Mateo Chamber of Commerce
  • 2007 Sustainable San Mateo County Green Building Award
  • 2007 PG&E Savings by Design
  • 2007 Award of Excellence First Certified Green Business within San Mateo County
  • 2006 Mc Graw Hill Construction Best of Northern California - Civic Award of Merit and Green Building Award of Merit
  • 2006 San Francisco Business Times - Community Impact Award
Green Business

Sustainable Public Education Program

The Library's ongoing Sustainable Public Education Program informs the community on how they can help reduce the City’s carbon footprint at home, at work, at school and in their community. Sustainability presentations, workshops and exhibits for adults, children and businesses are offered in collaboration with local subject-matter experts.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Two electric vehicle charging stations are located on the first level of the Main Library's parking garage. They are connected to the ChargePoint payment system. Top off your car's power supply while you visit the library!

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Interactive Solar Energy & Green Building Dashboard

View real-time electricity production data using the online dashboard or stop by the Main Library lobby to use the touch screen kiosk to explore solar energy.

Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkits

Borrow a DIY Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkit with your library card and use no-cost devices that will help you reduce energy and water use, saving you money on your utility bills. 

Program Flyer  

Toolkit Handbook

Energy Saving Toolkits

Going Green Center

This information area offers helpful tips and practices visitors can implement in their homes, schools, businesses or in our community to save the earth.

Grab one of the many flyers and brochures that offer a wide variety of tips on how you can help make your home greener. Or take a look at a small scale model of the Main Library and view a diagram on how energy efficient the building is.

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