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 eBranch 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 eBranch account. From the Online Catalog click on the “My Library Account” link. Then click on the "Modify Personal Information" link. Enter your email address in the box marked "Email" and click on the Submit button. You will now get your notices by email. For more information, please view the Email Notification FAQs.
Renew items three ways
- Renew materials online.
- Telephone Renewal System (TRS) – call our automated voice system at (650) 638-0399 anytime day or night.
- Visit or phone your local library.