Sidewalk Service Hold Pickup is Available Tuesday through Saturday, 11am - 6pm

Library Building & Bookmobile are be closed due to COVID-19

Celebrate Reading this summer with Monterey Public Library!

Join us for a vibrant summer as we celebrate the many ways that reading can expand your world through kindness, growth, and community. Let’s get creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity.

Click on the image to the left to learn about activities for all ages.

Click on the book jacket to the right to learn about our Book-to-Action initiative.


Wish List

Funds for library materials were cut from the City budget due to the devastating impact of COVID-19. We have a Wish List of titles we anticipate demand for. Would you like to help by gifting them to our collection? Please put your library card number on the gift receipt if you would like the item held for you when it's ready to circulate. You can also order from another vendor or donate new releases not on this list. A librarian reviews donations based on our Collection Development policy before adding them to the collection. Questions? contact

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Custom Book Bundles!

Would you like a librarian to put together a stack of books for you to check out? We'd be delighted to! We know it's hard to pick out books when you can't come in to browse, so we're here to help. Please fill out the form, give us a day or two, and we'll put the books on hold for you to pick up during sidewalk pickup hours. When the items are ready for pickup, you will receive an email or notice in the mail.

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Library Resources Available Online 24/7

Library card
Need a library card? Fill out the application and you'll receive a card number by email and the card in the mail within a few days.
Northern California Digital Library
Northern California Digital Library (OverDrive) - Downloadable eBook and audiobook bestsellers, classics, fiction, and nonfiction. This collection of eBooks is shared among a consortium of libraries and waiting lists for the newest titles may be long.
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CloudLibrary - Access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks.
Flipster - Digital magazines
Enki Library
Enki Library - Over 70,000 ebooks including popular fiction and nonfiction, genres include: romance, mysteries, travel, technical, crafts, cooking and more. *Available for a limited time.
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition - Billions of records from sources such as censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Covers the United States, and includes information from Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries as well. *Remote access available for a limited time.
Duolingo - Offers 94 total language courses for 38 distinct languages, from the world’s top 5 most spoken languages to smaller, endangered languages such as Hawaiian, Navajo and Scottish Gaelic.
Historic Monterey Newspapers
Historic Monterey Newspapers - The Library’s holdings of Monterey newspapers on microfilm from 1846 – June 1964 have been digitized and are accessible online from anywhere with an Internet connection. Searching is faster, can be done by date, name, and event, and there is an adjustable tool for optimizing image quality for both text and photos.
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