Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a Library Card?

Residents of California may receive a free library card. A Pacific Grove Public Library card opens the door to a world of information and entertainment. In addition to borrowing materials, your card allows you to download digital media, use electronic databases, get access to local museums, and more. You may apply for a card online or in the library.

** Due to Library closure we are issuing library cards online. Apply online and make sure to include a mailing address, phone number and email address and someone will contact you the next business day. Processing times may be longer due to limited staffing.**

Apply online and then present a valid photo ID in-person to receive a library card. The Library does not issue library cards online; you must visit in-person. 

  • People ages 14-18 can show valid ID or have a parent / guardian sign.
  • A parent / guardian must sign for anyone under age 14.
  • Residents who have a disability or long-term medical condition that prevents you from visiting the Library may use Outreach Services. Please call (831)648-5760 or email for more information.
  • PGPL also offers visitor cards for those who don't have a CA ID.

How do I download an eBook or audiobook?

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

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 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): Tuesdays 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.

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.

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.

Contact a librarian for information or research help?

Submit the Reference Librarian Help Form,  call 831-648-5762, or email

Find out what's happening at the Library?

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

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.

Log into my Library account?

Go to the Library catalog at 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.

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 1:30pm 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

How do I get tax forms?

Public can call IRS for mailed tax forms:  1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676)

Library closure questions

How do I return books?

Please keep the items you have checked out until the library begins accepting returns. We will be extending due dates as needed. We will also be waiving fines during this time, and for a time after we open. Contact the library if you have any questions about your account.

When will the library re-open?

Due to limited staffing, the library is choosing to focus on the final phase of the Library Renewal Project. As construction nears completeion at our old Library building (at 550 Central Ave), library staff will be moving into our remodeled work spaces, and organizing the collection into the new shelving areas. After the move back as been completed, library services will resume at the newly remodeled library only when we have sufficient staffing to safely do so.

Will the library offer curbside pick-up?

Currently, the library does not have sufficient staff to resume any in-person services.