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Monterey Public Library and Pacific Grove Public Library share a computer system with a combined catalog. This expands access to library materials for customers of both libraries, and makes the most efficient use of community tax dollars.

The two libraries are separately funded by their respective jurisdictions and operate under separate policies and procedures.

Borrowing Materials
Loan Period
All materials are checked out for 3 weeks, except DVDs from the Pacific Grove Library, which check out for only 2 weeks.

Returning Materials
All materials borrowed from Monterey Public Library must be returned to Monterey Public Library. Items may also be returned to Pacific Grove Public Library when it is open.

Materials borrowed from Monterey Public Library Pacific Grove Public Library may be renewed via the Automated Telephone Renewal System at (831) 646-5681, or online via the Library’s Catalog. All items, except those which are on hold, are renewable up to 3 times.

You may place a hold on items which are checked out, so they will be available to you once they are returned. 

There is no fee to hold an item.

Fines for Overdue Materials
Fines are based on the policy of the library which owns the overdue item.

All overdue materials are $.50/day for adult materials, with a $10 maximum per item; youth and teen/young adult materials are $.25/day, with a $5.00 maximum per item.

Fines may be paid at the Library Help Desk or via the  online via the Library’s Catalog.

Lost/Damaged Materials
Replacement charges for most materials are governed by library policy and for most items is the cost of the item. The replacement cost for adult magazines is $10; youth & teen magazines are $5. The replacement cost of adult paperbacks is $10; youth & teen paperbacks are $6.

Contactless Library Loans and Renewals.

Don’t want to wait in line when you are in the library? Use your smartphone to borrow or renew items and check on the status of holds. Borrowing is easy. Simply log in to the app and use the camera on your phone to scan the barcode on the front cover of the item.

Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play

Library Cards

Access to Library Materials
The Library provides equal access to materials and resources, including the Internet, to people of all ages. As a parent, it is your responsibility to monitor your child's selection and use of library materials and resources.

Confidentiality of Library Records
California law (Section 6267 of the Government Code) gives all library customers the right to keep their library borrowing records private. The Library will not release information on what is checked out on your library card to anyone but you, even if you are a minor.