Reference Services

Monterey Public Library offers reference and referral service for all your information needs. Librarians are here to assist you with your questions anytime the library is open - in person, on the phone, and by e-mail.

We do more than answer questions. We also find obituaries, locate materials from other libraries, assist you in using our databases, provide library tours and instructional sessions for groups, and make reading recommendations.

If we are unable to find an answer, we will refer you to somewhere that can. Contact us for help finding the information you need, or start your own search with our helpful guides below.

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Library Databases
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Reference Sources

Reference Links
Web sites we have found to be useful

Income Tax Information
Federal and State

Magazine and Newspaper List
What we have on paper or microfilm here in the library

How to download digital books to your home computer

California History Room
Our local history collection

Historical Newspapers timeline
Identify which local papers were published and when

Civic Information Center
Local government

Search Other Libraries
Find books at other libraries

Research Guides
Made by librarians to help you explore different topics

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Ways to Get Help

In-Person: 625 Pacific Street  Monterey, CA 93940
By Phone: (831) 646-3933
By E-mail:
Online: Ask a Librarian
Genealogy - search tips, find records, connect with researchers, and put it all together

Digital Books Show & Tell - Interested in reading electronic books? Find out the latest information on devices, formats, sources of books, Library services, and news from the world of digital reading.

Reference Links - Find information on a variety of topics from sites and sources selected by reference librarians.
Jobs and Careers - Resources for job seekers and career changers
Language-Learning Resources - Find tools to increase your fluency, help you start fresh, and build your skills.
Middle and High School Teacher Resources - Information and resources for educators
California Reads - When War Comes Home - Join your friends and neighbors in Monterey as we read and discuss Karl Marlantes's What It's Like to Go to War.
History Day - Choose your topic and conduct your research right

The links on these pages are to sites selected as particularly useful by the staff of the Monterey Public Library. However, the City of Monterey and the Monterey Public Library are not responsible for the content of sites which are maintained by other organizations. The content of those sites does not reflect the opinions, standards, policy or endorsement of the City of Monterey, its officials or its staff.