Board Policy 120: Library Card Regulations and Fee Schedule

Library cards entitle the bearer to borrow circulating library materials from the Monterey Public Library. A valid library card is required to reserve materials, request interlibrary loans, and access subscription electronic services from outside the Library. Library cards from other jurisdictions may be accepted based on contractual arrangements and the requirements of the Library’s automation system. Cardholders are responsible for charges on their library accounts and for promptly notifying the Library of any changes in name, address, telephone number, or email address.


  1. Cards for California residents: Residents of the State of California are eligible for free library cards. Identification and address verification are required. The City of Monterey participates in the Equal Access and Universal Borrowing provisions of the California Library Services Act (California Education Code §18731, 18743).

  2. Organization cards: Cards are available for businesses and other organizations located in the State of California. An authorized representative must sign and take responsibility for materials borrowed on the card and provide verification of the business or organization address. One card is provided per business or organization.

  3. Replacement cards: Lost library cards and cards which have become worn through use, or which have an unreadable barcode label, will be replaced as a courtesy at no charge. A new renewal date is given. Identification and address verification are required.


Nonresident cards. For individuals residing outside the State of California, library cards are available at a rate of $5.00 for one month. Identification and mailing address verification are required.


The Library Director may establish renewal dates for Library cards and customer accounts in order to maintain the accuracy of Library records and preserve Library materials.


The Library Director or designated representative maintains the authority to modify the application of the terms of this policy as appropriate, based on the specific circumstances of an incident, and recommendations by staff.

Approved: 4/22/92
Revised: 2/23/94
Effective Date: 3/1/94
Revised: 2/13/02
Effective Date: 3/28/02
Revised: 5/5/03
Effective Date: 5/6/03
Revised: 12/3/03
Effective Date: 12/4/03
Revised: 1/26/05
Effective Date: 1/26/05
Revised: 5/24/06
Effective Date: 7/1/06