Enriching Lives, Providing Resources
Helping people develop ideas, learn and improve their lives – that’s what the Monterey Public Library is all about. By providing materials and services that enrich the intellectual, recreational and cultural life of the community, the Library serves a purpose unlike any other institution. The Monterey Library Board of Trustees is charged with continuing this long tradition of enrichment.
"The Monterey Public Library staff continually strives to make its services and material more accessible and responsive to the needs of our community. It's an adventure being part of that effort in our dynamic world." - Harry Wareham, Former Member, Library Board of Trustees
The Library Board's Responsibilities
Unlike other City boards and commissions, the Library Board of Trustees is an administrative board established by the Monterey City Charter. The Board establishes Library policies, hires the Library Director, and recommends the Library budget to the City Council.
Many cultural and educational institutions have similar structures to help ensure that outside influences do not encumber intellectual freedom or the public’s access to information that reflects many points of view.
Bob Petty, Chair
Ralph Widmar, Vice-Chair