Reference Services

Monterey Public Library offers reference and referral service for all your information needs. Librarians are here to assist you with your questions anytime the library is open - in person, on the phone, and by e-mail.

We do more than answer questions. We also find obituaries, locate materials from other libraries, assist you in using our databases, provide library tours and instructional sessions for groups, and make reading recommendations.

If we are unable to find an answer, we will refer you to somewhere that can. Contact us for help finding the information you need, or start your own search with our helpful guides below.

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Ways to Get Help

In-Person: 625 Pacific Street  Monterey, CA 93940
By Phone: (831) 646-3933
By E-mail:
Online: Ask a Librarian

Reference Sources

Income Tax Information
Federal and State
Magazine and Newspaper List
What we have on paper or microfilm here in the library
How to download digital books to your home computer
California History Room
Our local history collection
Historical Newspapers timeline
Identify which local papers were published and when
Civic Information Center
Local government
Search Other Libraries
Find books at other libraries
Research Guides
Made by librarians to help you explore different topics
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Librarian showing customer a book

MPL Subject Guides

Genealogy - search tips, find records, connect with researchers, and put it all together
Digital Books Show & Tell - Interested in reading electronic books? Find out the latest information on devices, formats, sources of books, Library services, and news from the world of digital reading.
Jobs and Careers - Resources for job seekers and career changers
Language-Learning Resources - Find tools to increase your fluency, help you start fresh, and build your skills.
Middle and High School Teacher Resources - Information and resources for educators
California Reads - When War Comes Home - Join your friends and neighbors in Monterey as we read and discuss Karl Marlantes's What It's Like to Go to War.
History Day - Choose your topic and conduct your research right

The links on these pages are to sites selected as particularly useful by the staff of the Monterey Public Library. However, the City of Monterey and the Monterey Public Library are not responsible for the content of sites which are maintained by other organizations. The content of those sites does not reflect the opinions, standards, policy or endorsement of the City of Monterey, its officials or its staff.