FAQs about the History Room
Frequently Asked Questions
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The California History Room is closed during Library holidays and other closed days.
For extensive research inquiries, to arrange a class visit, or to view archival materials (including photographs, maps, and locked-case books), please schedule an appointment by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enter your search criteria
- In the Shelving location tab, select any or all of the following locations:
- California History Room
- California History Room (Locked Case)
- Colton Hall Museum
- Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library
- MHO Library - Amelie Elkinton Collection
- Click the Search button
The catalog includes the books in the reading room and maps, photograph collections, text collections, clipping file folders, and other materials in the Archives. Images of sample photographs, maps and documents are linked to selected archival records.
A card catalog is also available in the California History Room. The card catalog provides a finding aid to the Historic Clipping File, Game & Gossip magazine, Monterey Life magazine, and Californiana (early California) sources.
The Library staff will be happy to answer questions regarding collections or holdings on a specific subject. Call (831) 646-3933 or email email@example.com.
No, staff members do not provide research services for a fee. Staff and volunteers can assist you in locating research materials in the California History Room. Staff can also provide limited reference and research services if you are unable to visit the California History Room. For more information, contact the Library at (831) 646-3933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff will photocopy or arrange for reproduction of archival materials and locked case books. Reproduction may be restricted for fragile materials. A fee may be charged for staff reproduction of archival materials. For more information, contact the Library at (831) 646-3933 or email@example.com.
You will need a Monterey or Pacific Grove Public Library card or a current photo i.d. when you register to use the California History Room. To protect the collections, pens may not be used in the History Room. Laptop computers are permitted. Please keep the materials you take to the History Room to a minimum. Avoid bringing bags, cases, or valises if possible.
Requests for copies of particular materials must be made in writing, either by letter or e-mail, or by telephone. Photocopy orders are limited to 50 pages and in some cases may be limited or restricted due to the condition of the material. Fees are charged for photocopy services.
The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street in Monterey. When you register at the Library Help Desk on the main floor of the Library, a staff member will escort you to the California History Room.
Materials in the California History Room and Archives do not check out to individuals or other libraries. These materials are part of a permanent and secured collection. Materials do not circulate to preserve our community heritage for future residents and researchers.
There are books and other materials about Monterey and California history in the circulating collection. For more information, search the catalog or contact the Library Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org).