Collections

The Library offers more than 110,000 books, audiobooks, DVDs, and music CDs for every age and interest.

Look on this page for more information about what's inside the Library. If you don't see what you are interested in, ask a staff member at the Library Help Desk.

The Library Catalog is the first place to look for what's available at Monterey Public Library, Pacific Grove Public Library, and the Library's local history partners.

Selection of materials for all Library collections is based on Library Board of Trustees Policy 401: Collection Development.

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Audio and Video

You can choose from a wide variety of audiobooks on CD and Playaway, music CDs, and DVDs for all ages. Search the catalog for titles, authors, composers, performers, subjects, etc.

Digital Collections

Audiobooks and text ebooks are available to download to your computer and mobile device from the Northern California Digital Library. Library databases include the full-text of thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books.

Language Collections

Fiction, nonfiction, and other materials in a variety of languages are available in the youth, teen, and adult language collections.

Large Print

A wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles are available in large-print editions for easy reading.

Local History

The California History Room contains a unique collection of books, selected magazine and newspaper articles, historical newspapers, maps, government documents, photographs and archives relating to the City of Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula. For more information contact Museums, Cultural Arts and Archives Manager Dennis Copeland at (831) 646-3741.

Local History Partners

The Library has joined with the City of Monterey Museum and Cultural Arts Division and the Monterey History and Art Association to provide convenient access Monterey-area history collections. When you search for local history information in the Library Catalog, you may find helpful titles from Colton Hall Museum and Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library.

Magazines and Newspapers

The Library subscribes to more than 125 magazines and newspapers. Magazines are displayed in the Quiet Study Area, TeenZone, Youth area, and on the Bookmobile. Newspapers are under the windows across from the adult display. Older magazines and newspapers may be available in storage or on microfilm. Web subscriptions to articles from thousands of magazines and newspapers are also available in the Library and at home.

Popular Collections

Are you looking for the latest bestsellers, mysteries, or new, recommended and award-winning fiction? Explore the Find a Good Book resource guide or search the catalog for titles, authors, subjects, etc.

TeenZone

Fiction, graphic novels, non-fiction, magazines, audiobooks and DVDs especially for teens are shelved in the TeenZone.

Youth Services Collections

Youth Services collections serve babies to high school students. Board books, audiobooks, DVDs, paperbacks, and magazines are available along with picture books, fiction and nonfiction books. Parenting titles are available in the Family Collection, and there are a limited number of adult materials about using children's literature and practical curriculum in the Youth collection.