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The San Mateo County Library (SMCL) is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and comprised of the cities of:

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Brisbane
  • East Palo Alto
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Millbrae
  • Pacifica
  • Portola Valley
  • San Carlos
  • Woodside
  • Unincorporated areas of the county


Library policies are set by the Library Administration and the JPA governing board. Policies provide the structure for the implementation of the library's mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Library Services

The San Mateo County Library offers a wide range of services, resources, and programs to meet the needs of the residents in the community.

Annual Reports

The San Mateo County Library develops an Annual Report which highlights accomplishments each Fiscal Year.

Work by the Former Atherton Library Building Steering Committee

Library Funding

Process to Study New Library Options

Library Study & Atherton Library Trends

Building Programs

Environmental Assessment

Site Selection

Additional Material

Library Steering Committee Historical Documents

Phase I Architect Selection Related Documents

ALBSC Community Meetings on Initial Design February to March 2012