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Library Cards

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Library cards are Free! You may apply at any County Library branch or bookmobile. Residents of Monterey County can apply online and have your card sent by mail.  A card from the Monterey County Free Libraries may be used at any branch location.

If you apply in person at a branch, you will be able to check books out the same day. You will need to bring an ID with your name and current address to apply. Examples of valid IDs are; driver's license, an ID card issued by the DMV, printed personal check, rental or property tax receipt or business mail with a current postmark.

Materials may be borrowed upon completion of the application when you visit one of our branches. You may use your card at any branch of the Monterey County Free Libraries.

If you register online, your card will be mailed to you. You must always bring your library card when you visit one of our branches. Cards are free to anyone with a valid form of identification showing name and current mailing address.

Materials checked out on your card are your responsibility. For your own protection, do not lend your library card. Notify the library immediately if it is lost or stolen. There is a replacement fee.

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Loan Periods

Loan periods begin from the day of checkout.

3 Weeks
Books, CDs, Magazines, Cassettes, Pamphlets, and encyclopedias

1 week
Videos and DVDs
Special Loans Vary
Interlibrary Loans Vary

All materials may be returned in the bookdrop when the library is closed.

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Items will renew one time automatically unless they have been reserved by someone else. Special Loan items are not renewable. You will only be notified about what has been auto renewed if you have specified email or text notifications as the contact preference on your account.

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Holds and Interlibrary Loans

A hold may be placed for free on County Library books from any branch or bookmobile in the system or online. Interlibrary Loan requests may also be placed at a nonrefundable cost of $3.00 per item at any County Library branch or bookmobile. When the item arrives at your branch for you, you will be notified by phone. 

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