Support the Library

Over 300,000 people visited the Monterey Public Library last year, to read, connect, discover, and pursue their dreams. With the help of individual donors, just like you, books were added to our shelves, research databases were acquired, young children joined our community of readers, teens learned safe online skills, and adults enjoyed life stories shared.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has kept our doors closed since mid-March, we are still here. We have never stopped answering the phone or responding to emails. We were delighted in June to add “Sidewalk Service” — contactless pick-up of your requested holds. It has been wonderful to see your familiar faces again, even masked!

Though we cannot say when we will be able to open our doors again, your philanthropic support has never mattered more. Your gifts have always enhanced City funding and helped us provide lifelong learning in ways that would not otherwise be possible. The ongoing support of community members like you determines what the Library is today—and what it will be in years to come.

Ways to Give

There are two ways to make a tax-deductible gift to the Library:

  • Give directly to MPL, a 170(c) organization.
  • Gift to the the MPL Friends & Foundation: Invest In MPL.

To give online now:

To give via mail:

  Please send your check via U.S. Mail to:
    Monterey Public Library
    Fund Development Office
    625 Pacific Street
    Monterey, California 93940

To discuss making a restricted gift and for questions:
Please telephone or email Mary Jane Perna in the MPL Fund Development office at (831) 646-5632, or

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Each year, dozens of individuals make a gift to the Monterey Public Library to recognize family members, colleagues, and friends. To make a gift in honor of a loved one, please.....

To give online now:

To give by mail:
Please enclose with your check a note informing us of the name of the person you wish to honor, and the name and address of the person you would like us to notify. Then mail your check and instructions to:

  Monterey Public Library
  Fund Development Office
  625 Pacific Street
  Monterey, California 93940


A charitable bequest is one of the most meaningful legacies you can provide for your loved ones and for your favorite organizations. Through a bequest you can make a gift to the Monterey Public Library, while also realizing your personal, estate, and financial-planning goals.

Most people who make bequests do so through their wills. If you already have a will, you can add a bequest to benefit the Monterey Public Library by creating a simple codicil. Donors who have revocable living trusts may make future gifts through a charitable distribution provision in their trust agreements. Regardless of the instrument you use, be sure to seek the assistance of your attorney.

Click here for sample bequest language.

There are many ways to make a planned gift and create a legacy:

  • Gifts from wills and living trusts
  • Gifts of assets that return lifetime income such as charitable remainder trusts
  • Beneficiary designations in retirement accounts, savings accounts, and insurance policies
  • Gifts of real estate
  • Charitable gift annuities

For more information about including the Library in your estate plans, please telephone or email Mary Jane Perna, Interim Fund Development Officer, (831) 646-5632 or

If you have already made a planned-giving arrangement for the Monterey Public Library with your own attorney, we hope you will complete our confidential 1849 Legacy Society form so we can thank you and learn how you would like to be recognized for this gift.


Whether made outright, or planned as part of your estate and realized after your lifetime, gifts to fund the Monterey Public Library Endowment create a powerful legacy. Endowment funds are invested strategically to preserve their original value and generate income used to support the Library’s work for generations to come.

The Monterey Public Library Endowment is held and managed by the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) and overseen by the Monterey Public Library Board of Trustees, the administrative board established by the City Charter in 1911 and appointed by the Monterey City Council to oversee Library programs and services.

To make an outright gift now to the MPL Endowment you may either:

  • Go to the CFMC Giving Page and under “Select a Fund,” enter “Monterey Public Library Fund” or
  • Mail a check payable to “Community Foundation for Monterey County—Monterey Public Library Fund,” and mail to us at the Fund Development Office, Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, California, 93940.

All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. The Community Foundation for Monterey County (for the Monterey Public Library Fund) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID is #94-1615897.

For more information about establishing an endowment fund through your will or trust, or establishing an endowment fund in your name or in the name of a loved one, or establishing an endowment restricted to a particular purpose, please telephone or email the Fund Development Office.


Donor-advised funds are the fastest-growing giving method and a tax-efficient way to manage charitable donations. Donor-advised funds allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time.

Clients of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon can easily make a designation through the “DAF Direct” form:



To increase the impact of your gift, please find out if your employer offers a matching gift.