About the Library

College of San Mateo Library supports the academic, vocational, and lifelong learning needs of its students by providing human, material, and technical resources that support student learning and contribute to the college mission and goals. The library is on the upper level of Building 9. The library's print collection contains approximately 71,000 volumes, 125 print periodical subscriptions and approximately 17,000 online periodicals accessible through electronic databases. More than 60 online resources provide access to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, and subject-based research sources.

The library also houses the college archives, including the Photographic History Project (PHILP), which help preserve and make accessible the printed and visual history of CSM and the San Mateo County community colleges.

The library is a member of the Peninsula Library System (PLS) which includes 31 public libraries in San Mateo County and the libraries of sister colleges Skyline and Cañada. PLS libraries share an integrated online public catalog with a common interface that provides access to the bibliographic records and locations of over 2,450,000 items in member libraries.

See the Mission Statement, Goals and Charges for the College of San Mateo Library.