Zip Books

Need a book the Library doesn't own?

Thanks to funding from the California Library Services Act, the Library can purchase books or books-on-cd via and have them shipped to your home.

  • You may request one Zip Book per calendar month
  • The title cannot be already owned by Monterey Public Library
  • The title cannot appear on the current New York Times Fiction Bestseller List
  • The title must be available on for less than $50
  • You must have a Monterey Public Library or Pacific Grove Public Library card in good standing
  • Books that are current bestsellers or very popular may be referred to our Purchase Suggestion form here. Requests for books in other languages, books on cd, or Playaways are welcome if they are available from Amazon. Out of print books may be requested if they meet the criteria. DVDs and eBooks are not available through the Zip Book program.

Staff will review requests within one week. If your Zip Book is approved, the order will be placed with Amazon and the item will be shipped to your home. We will email you when the order is placed or if we need to follow up on your request.

The Zip Book will then appear as an item checked out to your library account. Zip Books are due six weeks from the order date and are not renewable. If your Zip Book does not arrive in a few weeks, please contact us at

Return your Zip Book to Monterey Public Library's book drop, and try to clearly label it a Zip Book.

Please contact or call (831) 646-2093 with questions.

*No Zip Book requests accepted after May 27, 2021. The program may return Jannuary 2022 or after, dependent on state funding and grant administration guidelines.