Library Card Services

A library card issued at any one of our Libraries entitles you to use the resources and services available at all the libraries in the Peninsula Library System. Please be aware that remote use of some online databases is limited to card holders of the subscribing Library.

Get a library card

If you live anywhere in San Mateo County, applying for a library card is as simple as filling out this form. You will receive your card in the mail or get a confirmation when your library card is ready to be picked up. (This may take up to 3 business days.) On your first trip to the Library, please bring a picture I.D. with your current address. If you are under 18, you will need to come with a parent or guardian. If you live outside of San Mateo County but in California, you may get a card by coming into any San Mateo County Library.

View your account

Log in to your San Mateo County Library account.You will now be able to view items you have checked out, renew items, view library fines and items you have reserved. For more information, please view the Your Library Account FAQs.

Request Items Electronically

Search the Online Catalog for the item you wish to borrow. Click on Place a Hold and choose the library where you want to pickup the requested item. You will be notified when the item is ready for pickup at the library you chose. For more information, please view the Online Catalog  FAQs.

Get your notices by email

Wondering if that latest bestseller you requested is waiting for you? We will send you an email when items are ready to pick-up, or if your items are overdue. To set up this service, log in to your San Mateo County Library account. Click the down arrow next to "My Settings" in the top right corner of the page and select "Personal Information". Enter your email address in the box marked "Email Address" and click on the "Save" button. You will now get your notices by email. For more information, please view the Email Notification  FAQs.

Text Messaging Alerts

The San Mateo County Library is pleased to offer a convenient service, Library Notification Through Text Messages. Instead of receiving paper, phone, or email reminders, library notifications can now be sent via text message. To register for this service, simply send a text message with the keyword SIGNUP to and answer a few simple questions. Once the registration process has been completed, all of the features, Auto-Renewal, Holds and Late Fee notices are turned on. For more information, please read the Text Messaging Alerts Frequently Asked Questions.

Renew items three ways

  1. Renew materials online.
  2. Telephone Renewal System (TRS) – call our automated voice system at (650) 638-0399 anytime day or night.
  3. Visit or phone your local library.