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Welcome to the San Mateo Public Library Foundation!

We are dedicated to raising both private and public funds to help support the dynamic, diverse and educational programs and services our Library has to offer.

Please explore our website and learn about what we do and how you can help us support the San Mateo Public Library.

Literary Society with Michael Chabon

The 2016 Author's Gala raised over $115,000 for the San Mateo Public Library Foundation!

Funds raised directly benefit our community by helping to ensure that residents have greater access to our marvelous public library. Beginning July 1:

  • The Main Library will be open until 9 pm Monday through Thursday
  • Both the Marina and Hillsdale branch libraries will increase their hours to 40 per week

With this increased access, you’ll have more time for to Discover, Enjoy, Connect and Learn at the San Mateo Public Libraries.

More than just a place for books, our library offers diverse programs and resources, from early literacy and student learning to job search support, research help, internet access, and more. You can peruse your home country’s newspaper, find your business niche, borrow digital tablets and MiFi hotspots, and find your next favorite book. There is something for everyone at the San Mateo Public Library.

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Executive Director Search

The Board of Directors of the San Mateo Public Library Foundation is seeking a motivated, dynamic, and experienced professional to lead its growing fundraising efforts in support of the San Mateo Public Library as it celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the new library facilities. The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the SMPLF’s fundraising program which includes direct mail appeals, personal solicitation, corporate and foundation grants and sponsorships, and a few special events. The position is part time (50%) with the opportunity to establish a schedule which fits the ED’s other personal commitments and the Foundation’s needs. The anticipated start date is late August/early September. Please click here to learn more about the position, major responsibilities, what skills and attributes the Foundation is seeking, and the application process. The deadline for applying is July 15, 2016.

News & Events

Thank you to our sponsors!

donor appreciation 2015


Become a Member of the
Leadership Circle

Members will receive an invitation to the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Main Library. Event will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016. Join now »

Friends of the Library
Book Store Open at Library

Whenever library is open

Save the Date

ANNUAL FALL BOOK SALE

September 16, 17 & 18, 2016

book sale

AmazonSmile

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!

Promoting Literacy at the San Mateo Public Library Foundation

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.

San Mateo Public Library Foundation • 55 West Third Avenue • San Mateo, CA 94402 • Phone: 650-558-9100 • Email Us
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