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Community Meeting Rooms
General Information
The Main Library offers three community meeting rooms located on the first floor:
  • Oak Meeting Room
  • Laurel Room
  • Cedar Room
The meeting room complex is served by an adjacent kitchen with a microwave oven, refrigerator and sink that is available for use by prior arrangement.  Additional amenities are available. 

For additional information:
  1. Please download and review the application packet listed below.
  2. Email or call the Library Administration Office at (650) 522-7802, Monday through Friday, between 9:00am and 5:00pm to confirm if the room you are requesting is available prior to submitting your application.   

Availability
Meeting rooms are available for rent only during the following hours, which must include any set up and clean up time for your event:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 7:45pm
  • Friday: 8:30am - 4:45pm
  • Saturday:  9:30am - 4:45pm
  • Sunday:  1:00pm -  4:45pm

Check the Library's Holiday Hours for specific closure dates.

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Application & Rental Policy Process

  1. Download and complete Meeting Room & Facilities Rental Application Packet (PDF fillable form)
    This packet includes:
    • San Mateo Main Library Meeting Room Application & Facilities Rental Policy 
    • Technical Services Request Form
    • Closing & Sign Out Checklist
    • Room set up examples
    • Meeting Room General Information Sheet (a printer friendly version of the information listed below)
    • Alex's Cafe Menu
  2. Carefully review the Policy document for process and additional important information related to the use of Main Library meeting rooms. 
  3. Print and initial Policy document where noted and sign to confirm you have read and understand the policies.
  4. Return signed Application & Policy and if requesting AV, the Technology Services Request Form.  Any one of these return methods are acceptable:
  5. Payment must be received at time of application return to confirm reservation.

Maximum Occupancy
Each room can be set up in a variety of different ways to meet your individual needs.

  Maximum Occupancy
Room Approx. Dimensions
(in Feet)
Square Footage
(in Feet)
Theater
Style
Classroom
Style
Discussion
Style
U-Shaped Banquet
Style
Oak 32x30 960 142 60 48 40 100
Laurel 21x24 504 36 27 24 16 22
Cedar 10x15 150 24 18 16 12 18

  Non-Profit Organizations Private Rentals
Room 501(c)(3)
IRS Status
Resident of San Mateo or Hillsborough Non-Resident of San Mateo or Hillsborough San Mateo City Business Non-San Mateo City Business
Oak $155 for 1st 4 hours +
$25 for each additional
hour
$100/hr $155/hr $155/hr $230/hr
Laurel /
Cedar
$80 for 1st 4 hours +
$15 for each additional
hour
$75/hr $100/hr $155/hr $230/hr
Music Recitals in the
Oak Room
$75 flat fee for up to 3 hours – includes use of the
Library’s Bösendorfer Grand Piano

Security Deposit
For some rentals, a refundable security deposit, in addition to regular fees, is required. The security deposits are $350 for the Oak Meeting Room and $250 for the Laurel or Cedar Rooms.

Additional Amenities
The following amenities are available to enhance use of the community meeting rooms:

  • A/V equipment: $30/meeting - Review Technology Services Request form for equipment details.
  • Conference phone: $30/use
  • Stage rental
    Single (8' wide x 6' deep x16" high): $130 per use
    Double (16' wide x 6' deep x16" high): $180 per use

Catering
Some catering services are available from the Library's own Alex's Cafe.  More information for Alex's Cafe is included in the application packet.


Driving Directions
& Library Access
For your information or to share with your event guests, you may download Driving Directions (PDF) to the Main Library. This document also illustrates how to access the meeting rooms prior to Library opening hours.


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