The Library preserves Monterey's memory in the California History Room.
The Monterey Public Library collects and preserves written, visual and audible materials created by and about residents of the Monterey area,
both past and present. These records are housed in a secure, climate-controlled room, and made accessible to scholars and the public for research. California History Room collections relate specifically to the geographic, cultural and social region including the Monterey Peninsula and extending from Moss Landing to Big Sur and Carmel Valley.
Identification is required to use California History Room materials, and no California History Room materials may be checked out.
Open shelf materials are available any time the California History Room is open. Locked case and
Archival Storage materials may be available by appointment only. For assistance, ask at the Library Help Desk.
Open shelf materials in the California History Room are available any time the Library is open, unless the Room is closed for a
special event. Check into the California History Room or request a specific title at the Library Help Desk.
Locked Case books require special handling and may only be used under supervision by Library staff. For assistance, ask at the Reference
Services Desk. To make an appointment to use Locked Case books, contact Library Archivist Dennis Copeland at (831) 646-3741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Archival Storage Materials
Materials in Archival Storage require special handling and may be used by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Library Archivist Dennis Copeland at (831) 646-3741 or email email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions about visiting the California History Room and Archives.