Little Libraries



Little Libraries



San Mateo County Library’s Big Lift Little Libraries are popping up all over the County! Look for Big Lift Little Libraries in places where children and families could use a great book -- places where families hang out, places where they have to wait in lines, places where reading and books are great activities.

A Little Library is simply a birdhouse-size library where anyone can take home a book to keep, especially children who don’t have many books at home. 


The goals of the Big Lift Little Libraries are:

Encourage a culture of reading in San Mateo County;
Increase access to books for children and families at the point of need;
Involve all of the county in The Big Lift;
Help create community support for The Big Lift initiative.


Through 500+ volunteers from Google, Genentech, Microsoft, SAP, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Menlo Presbyterian Church, organized by Hands On Bay Area, over 150 Big Lift Little Libraries were constructed and filled with books for children by the program manager, the San Mateo County Library System.  Additional construction projects are planned -- let us know if you’re interested in participating in a build! 





Adopt a Big Lift Little Library


We want to place our Little Libraries in community centers, health clinics, grocery stores, barber shops, credit unions, parks, and churches… even in front of your own home. The San Mateo County Library can provide books for some locations, and also has a list of books in English and Spanish for hosts that can stock the libraries themselves. 

Thanks for helping all our kids become good readers!




Big Lift Little Libraries Sponsors


Boys and Girls Club of South San Francisco
Brisbane Elementary School
Central County Mental Health Clinic
Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County
Coastside Clinic
Daly City Partnership
Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital Health & Wellness Center
Early Childhood Education Services for Special Needs Children
Ecumenical Hunger Program
Edgewood Center for Children and Families
Fair Oaks Health Center Pediatrics
Foster City Library
Friends of the San Bruno Library
Friendship Park
GE Digital
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Hands On Bay Area
Highlands Recreation District
Horrall/LEAD Elementary School
IHSD/Head Start of San Mateo County
Joseph A. Fernekes Recreation Building at Orange Memorial Park
Kaiser Permanente Pediatric Offices
LHUSD Preschool
Madhouse Coffee
Magnolia Center
Martin Luther King Community Center
Menlo Church
Moss Beach Park
Orange Memorial Park Municipal Pool
Panorama Elementary School
Parks and Rec Department Administrative Office
Peninsula Family Service
Peninsula YMCA
Pescadero U.S. Post Office
Pillar Ridge Mobile Home Park
Ponderosa Elementary School
Puente de la Costa Sur
Quarry Park
Red Morton Community Center
San Bruno Park School District
San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Center
San Mateo Medical Center
SAP Software Solutions
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club
Ted Adcock Community Center
Terrabay Gymnasium and Recreation Center
Westborough Recreation Building