The Library preserves Monterey's memory in the California History Room.
The Monterey Public Library collects and preserves written, visual and audible materials created by and about residents of the Monterey area, both past and present. These records are housed in a secure, climate-controlled room, and made accessible to scholars and the public for research. California History Room collections relate specifically to the geographic, cultural and social region including the Monterey Peninsula and extending from Moss Landing to Big Sur and Carmel Valley.
Identification is required to use California History Room materials, and the permanent historical materials of the California History Room may not be checked out.