We are pleased to announce that we have met our Coastside Gives Goal for 2021! Our goal was to raise $10,000 to support summer camp activities on the Coastside through San Mateo County Libraries. 

111 donors contributed to an amazing total raised of $16,051. Thanks to your generosity, our kids in need will be able to have a fun and engaging summer, and meaningful steps will be taken to close the COVID learning gap.

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Coastside Gives 2020

Thanks for helping to make Coastside Gives a huge success for the Friends of the Library in 2020. We were thrilled to receive donations of over $13,000 toward the library's Adult Meals program. The Library began offering Adult Meals in early September, 2020. In the first 5 months over 2,800 meals were served, and the numbers are increasing every month!

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May, 2021 Update:

Modified in-library services are now available at the Half Moon Bay Library, Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and 2:00-5:00 PM. For more information and updated Curbside Services hours, visit


Thank you for holding onto your book donations until we are again able to accept them. While the library has re-opened on a limited basis, we do not yet have access to our space in the library and so are unable to take your donations. We appreciate your patience and will let you know as soon as things change!

Some guidelines for book donations (when we are able to take books again):

Books must be clean, in good condition and boxed. Bankers box size (10x12x15) is ideal.

  • Fiction in good condition, no more than 10 years old

  • Non-fiction in good condition

  • Children's books in good condition, including children's books in Spanish

  • CD's or DVD's in good condition and in original cases

  • No foreign language, periodicals/magazines, textbooks, audio or VHS cassettes

If you have 2 boxes or fewer, drop them at the library main desk. More than two boxes, e-mail We will be get back to you and coordinate a time for dropping off your books.

Our major book sale takes place each year in early November.*  As we have limited storage space for books at the library, there may be times during the year that we cannot accept book donations. Check this page for status before you bring donations to us. If we are not accepting donations, please save them until closer to our sale if you can!

*No decision has been made yet about a 2021 sale.



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