California History Room

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 the permanent historical materials of the California History Room may not be checked out. Open shelf materials are available any time the California History Room is open. Locked case and Archival collection materials may be available by appointment only. For assistance, ask at the Library Help Desk or email libchr@monterey.org

Open Shelf Materials

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 Materials

Locked Case books require special handling and may only be used under supervision by Library staff. For assistance, ask at the Help Desk. To make an appointment to use Locked Case books, contact Museums, Cultural Arts and Archives Manager Dennis Copeland at (831) 646-3741 or email libchr@monterey.org or copeland@monterey.org

Archival Storage Materials

Materials in Archival Storage require special handling and may be used by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Museums, Cultural Arts and Archives Manager Dennis Copeland at (831) 646-3741 or email  libchr@monterery.org or copeland@monterey.org

Frequently Asked Questions about visiting the California History Room and Archives.

 

California History Room display case