Frequently Asked Questions

Get a Library Card?

Library cards are free for California residents. Non-California residents may purchase a card for $4.50. You may apply for a card online or in the Library. You will need identification, mail addressed to you, or another document verifying your address when you pick up your card.

Find out what's happening at the Library?

Check the Calendar or look for signs and flyers in the library.

Log into my Library account?

Go to the Library catalog at https://catalog.pacificgrovelibrary.org and click Log in to your account in the upper-right corner, or go directly to the login page.  For security reasons, your password could not be migrated from the old catalog system. If this is your first time logging into the new catalog, your password is the last four digits of your telephone number. After you have logged in, we recommend that you change your password. You do not need to register for a new card unless you don't have a current card. Please call 831-648-5762 for additional help.

Renew books online?

To renew books and other Library items online, you need to log into your Library account. Go to the new Library catalog at https://catalog.pacificgrovelibrary.org and enter your Library card number and new password on the right side of the page. For security reasons, your password could not be migrated from the old catalog system. If this is your first time logging into the new catalog, your password is the last four digits of your telephone number. After you have logged in, we recommend that you change your password. You do not need to register for a new card unless you don't have a current card. 

When you have logged in, you will see a list of the items you have checked out. The Renew column will tell you whether or not each item can be renewed. You can renew individual items by clicking the Renew link. You can also check each item you wish to renew and click the Renew Selected button at the end of the page. Check the new due date in the Due column. For more information, you can watch a video tutorial or call the Library at 831-648-5762.

Download an eBook or Audiobook?

Go to the eBooks & Audiobooks page. You can visit each eBook provider's site, or click the Learn More links for instructions and help

Find books, audiobooks, DVDs, music and other materials in the Library?

You can look up books and other materials in the Library catalog here.

Find out when the Library has story times?

Weekly storytimes and activities are held held September-May:
     Pre-School Storytime (Ages 2-5): Wednesdays at 11 AM
     Baby Storytime (Birth - 2 years): Thursdays at 11 AM
     Wacky Wednesday! (Stories, games, science & more for Grades K-2): Wednesdays 3:45-4:30 PM (except on school holidays)
You can also check our Calendar for all programs and activities.

Find out what technology I can use at the Library?

The Library has 7 PC computers for adults and 2 for children. They can access the Internet and library databases, and all are connected to a B&W printer. Printing is .15/page. We have a copy machine which can also scan documents to a USB flash drive. Copies are .15/page. There is an Apple computer in the Teen Zone. This computer is not yet connected to a printer. We have free wireless Internet access in and near the building. We do not have a fax machine for public use.

Contact a librarian for information or research help?

Submit the Reference Librarian Help Form,  call 831-648-5762, or email referencedesk@cityofpacificgrove.org.

Support the Library?

The Friends of PG Library welcomes new members and supporters. Link to Friends site. The Library now has a Foundation for long-term support. We accept donations of books, CDs and DVDs, either to add to our collection or to sell in the monthly book sale. We also accept cash or checks at the checkout desk. For more information visit the Support page.

Return books at other libraries?

You can return Pacific Grove Public Library books and other materials to Monterey Public Library, because we share a borrowing system and your items will be checked in right away. Please do not return books to other libraries in the County.

Volunteer or do community service hours?

The library accepts volunteers over the age of 15 to help shelve books, put books in order, and help with Library events. Fill out the online Volunteer Form or get an application at the checkout desk, and a supervisor will call you for a brief interview and training.

Order a book from another library?

You can request books and other materials from Monterey Public Library. Unfortunately, the library is no longer able to borrow materials other libraries. However, a librarian can tell you what nearby libraries own the book you are looking for.

Find out when the PG Library was built?

The section of the library nearest the ocean was an original Carnegie library, opened in 1908. Two side wings were opened in 1938 and 1926, and two front wings were added in 1950. The final and largest section along Central Avenue was added in 1978. You can read more about the Library's history here.

Find out about book clubs?

The Friends of the Pacific Grove Library has a book club, which: 

  •   Meets most second Mondays at the Little House in Jewell Park at 2:00 for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours  (we reschedule on Federal holidays)
  •   Tends to read fiction, but mixes it up depending on the interests of the members
  •   Rotates book leaders, who make a suggestion for the club, then lead the discussion
  •   Tends to read books that aren't brand new, so members can find books at one of the local libraries

For more information, contact pgplbookclub@yahoo.com