About the Pacific Grove Library

  • Interior Pacific Grove Public Library, photo courtesy Shelley Nemeth
    Pacific Grove Public Library Interior
    Photo: Shelley Nemeth
  • Pacific Grove Public Library Circulation Desk
    Circulation Desk
    Photo: Shelley Nemeth
  • Child using library catalog, courtesy Shelley Nemeth
    Using the Library Catalog
    Photo: Shelley Nemeth


Pacific Grove Library cards are free. You may apply for a card online or in the Library. You will need identification when you pick up your card.

Most materials can be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed three times if there is no waiting list for them. DVDs can be checked out for two weeks, and art prints can be checked out for 120 days. Fines are charged for overdue materials (see below for fine schedule).

  • Adult items: $.50 per day Maximum fine - $10.00 or cost of item.
  • Children's items: $.25 per day. Maximum fine - $5.00 or cost of item.
  • Lost library cards: $3.00
  • Lost library materials: Replacement cost of the item.


The book collection of approximately 54,000 volumes includes more than 19,000 books for children and young adults and 3,000 large-type books.  Hundreds of thousands of eBooks and audiobooks are available to download. Books are available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Russian and other languages.

The library has extensive collections of audiobooks, and DVDs, as well as audiobooks, videos, and music available for download. Magazines and newspapers, including most Pacific Grove newspapers from 1988 to date on microfilm, framed art prints, and maps are also available to borrow or use in the Library.


Computers with Internet access, office software, and printing are available for the public, as well as wireless Internet access for patrons with their own devices. Users of wired and wireless Internet service must agree to comply with the Internet Use Policy and Guidelines.

The library also has microfilm/microfiche reader/printers, a coin-operated photocopier, a VisualTek magnifier for the visually impaired, and a TDD for the hearing impaired.

Library staff and volunteers deliver library materials to patrons unable to visit the library. For information about the Outreach service, contact Diana Godwin at 648-5767, or send her an email.