The San Mateo County Libraries offer a number of services to assist teachers and parents involved in homeschooling.

Teacher Library Cards

San Mateo County Library's special "Teacher Cards" are available for classroom use for teachers, home school educators or day care providers who live or work in our service area (see list of participating libraries).

Benefits include:

  • No fines or hold fees on San Mateo County Library materials (you will be responsible for lost or damaged items).

  • Longer loans on materials used in the classroom (excludes holiday and high demand material).

  • Teacher Card library records to help keep classroom use materials separate from personal use items.

Find out more about teacher cards and download an application.

Homework Help

San Mateo County Library offers help from real, live tutors right at the library via the Internet.


Teachers and students may access several online databases for free from home or libraries via the San Mateo County Library web site. View a list of databases.

Teacher Services

Expert library professionals can:

  • Recommend teacher resources to help with lesson planning.

  • Give personalized library tours highlighting specific assignment areas.

  • Demonstrate the library's extensive online resources (accessed from home or school).

  • Visit your class to read stories, promote books, provide library resource instruction and sign-up students for library cards.

  • Provide homework help in after school homework centers or via live online tutors.

Curriculum Support

If you need materials for your students on a particular topic, we can help.

With advance notice the library can:

  • Request materials from other libraries.

  • Display specific assignment materials.

  • Place topic materials aside for pick-up.

  • Provide knowledgeable library staff to help students find assignment information.

For assignment requests, notify your Youth Services Librarian by filling out the Assignment Alert Form (PDF). Or you may phone, email, fax, or visit the library. Please provide your name, school and grade; the number of students; complete assignment details; the start and end date; and how to contact you.

Reading Lists

View librarian-recommended children's book lists compiled by San Mateo County librarians. There are a variety of lists, based on grade level, topic and genre.

Field Trips

Bring your students to the library to hear stories, take a tour, learn how to find and use library resources, or get library cards. Contact your local library branch to set up a visit (see list of participating libraries).

Homeschooling Families

Please visit our Homeschool page for more information.

Resources for California Teachers 

Please visit the Teacher Reference Resources page for school standards information, recommended search engines, lesson plans, printable classroom resources, and reference information.