In 1982, citing the prospect of someday having to replace the 26-year old vehicle and given a preference for reallocating the staff to the main library, it was decided to suspend bookmobile service. That decision, however, met with strong public opinion similar in size and intensity to the 1953 debate over the closure of the New Monterey Branch Library. After an extensive evaluation process and cost analysis in 1985, the City Council approved the expenditure of $92,000 for the purchase of a new Bookmobile. In July 1986, after a four-year hiatus, the Monterey Public Library Bookmobile was back on the road.
The second Bookmobile was a 24 foot Gerstenslager, affectionately called, “Gertie”. It served the community for twenty two years, making neighborhood stops, preschool and elementary school stops, stops at retirement communities, and at the Old Monterey Marketplace. It also participated in the 4th of July Parade and Lawn Party, and other community events.