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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Summer Fair

Summer Fair Logo

Enter in one or more of 12 categories in our San Mateo Public Library Summer Fair!  Show off your talents for a chance to earn bragging rights and possibly prizes!  New extended deadline - entries due by August 16, 2020!

SMPL Summer Fair

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Curbside Holds Pickup

Curbside Holds Pickup

We are excited to launch our curbside pickup service to offer a contactless and convenient way to access books and other materials. During this time, access to our library buildings remains closed to the public.

How does curbside pickup work?

  1. Place holds on...
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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Summer Learning Challenge

Summer Learning 2020

Are you up for the challenge?  Read and perform activities from June 1 - August 31 and earn prizes!  All ages and abilities welcome! Check out our Summer Learning Challenge page for details.

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Book Bundles For Kids!

Book Bundles for Kids

Choose from one of eight different topics:

  • ABC’s & 123’s
  • Animals
  • Colors
  • Diverse Voices
  • Families
  • Fantasy
  • Funny
  • Things That Go

To reserve a book bundle, send an email to: or call us at (650) 522-7838.  Pi...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Virtual Art Exhibits

July 2020 Art Slider

Even though the Main Library is closed, you can enjoy our rotating art exhibits by local artists virtually!  The following exhibits will be available online from July 1 - August 31, 2020.

Richard PradenasPhotographyView the Exhibit

Yurie NakamuraJa...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Were All In This Together

The San Mateo Public Library stands against racism and injustice.   We are committed to providing educational and informative materials on issues that affect our community.  Below is a list of resources addressing the important issues of...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

New Expanded Collection! RBdigital - Electronic Magazines

RB Digital Magazines

With RBdigital you can read and download your favorite magazines anytime, anywhere with your library card.  Select from over 3,000 titles in 15 languages!  Check out as many magazines as you want—there are never any holds or du...

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RBdigtial Library
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Our Digital Doors are Open 24/7

Woman reading tablet

With your library card, you can access digital books, music, movies, magazines, newspapers, homework help, and more.  Below are a few of our digital resources.  For a full list of all of our resources, view our eLibrary resources page.


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Posted on: February 2, 2018



Thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums and audiobooks to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with your library card.

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Hoopla Library
Posted on: January 5, 2018

Streaming Movies


Enjoy more than 30,000 independent, international, classic, or documentary films through Kanopy.   Create an account, download the app, and watch them on your smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV.  You may view 10 movies per month; the loa...

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