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Support the Library

IMG_3859Pre-pandemic, over 300,000 people visited the Monterey Public Library every year, to read, connect, discover, and pursue their dreams.

While the Covid-19 pandemic closed our doors for 16 months, thousands of you continued to call our help line, email your questions to our reference desk, and borrow books via “Sidewalk Service” — contactless pick-up of your requested holds. Our doors finally opened again in the summer of 2021.

Your philanthropic support has never mattered more than it does today. 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. Every dollar that is given makes a difference.

Ways to Give
You can support the Monterey Public Library by making a gift to either:

  • The Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. See: Invest In MPL
  • The Monterey Public Library, a 170(c) organization. See: Donate Now

To discuss supporting the Monterey Public Library or for questions:
Please telephone or email Mary Jane Perna in the MPL Fund Development office at (831) 646-5632, or

35Planned Giving
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. For more information about ways to make a planned gift and create a legacy, see MPL Friends & Foundation — Planned Gifts.

Building the MPL Endowment
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. Learn more or contribute to the Library’s endowment here: The MPL Endowment.

391849 Legacy Society
The Monterey Public Library’s 1849 Legacy Society recognizes those donors who have made gifts to preserve California’s First Public Library for the future.

The Society acknowledges those who:
  • have made a gift to the MPL endowment
  • have made plans for a bequest, trust distribution, or other deferred gift to the Friends & Foundation or MPL
  • were charter members of the original “1849 Society,” which commemorated lifetime gifts of $1849 to the endowment

1849 Legacy Society members join a distinguished group of individuals who originally established the Monterey Public Library in 1849, bringing the first collection of 900 books—in English and in Spanish—around Cape Horn to the Port of Monterey.

Members receive invitations to all special events and Insider Updates. In addition, members’ names are listed, in perpetuity, in a permanent Legacy Society display at the Library and on the Library’s website here.

Please consider letting us know that you have made a provision for the Monterey Public Library in your estate plans by filling out and returning the 1849 Legacy Society Confidential Notification.

For information about the 1849 Legacy Society, please telephone or email Mary Jane Perna, Interim Fund Development Officer, at (831) 646-5632 or email

Other Ways to Give56
For more information about
  • making a gift from a donor-advised fund
  • making a gift of appreciate securities
  • matching gifts
see MPL Friends & Foundation — Ways to Give.