Library by Mail program of the Monterey County Free Libraries
was established in spring of 1986 with the name Books by Mail
to provide free library services to residents living in
geographically remote areas of Monterey County and to other people
unable to get to a library facility. In spring 2009 Books by Mail
was officially renamed Library by Mail to reflect the wider
range of services provided by the program and to offer Library by
Mail delivery service to residents in the Monterey County
Free Libraries Service Area*. It is a modern and convenient way to
use the resources of the libraries and it is free.
* The Monterey County Free Libraries
Service Area includes: Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Buena Vista (Las
Palmas area), Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King
City, Marina, Pajaro, Parkfield, Prunedale, San Ardo, San Lucas,
Seaside, Soledad and all of the other unincorporated areas of
We will send library materials by mail to residents in the Monterey County Free Libraries Service Area* with a
valid library card. Postage for delivery and pick up is prepaid, so
there is no cost to you.
Most items typically borrowed in person at
the library can be delivered to you by mail. This includes adult,
young adult, and children’s materials, large print books, talking
books, DVDs, videos and more. Book Club to Go bags are not
delivered by mail.
You can also request information on any topic
and we will send the supporting materials to you by mail.
you borrow through Library by Mail you will have several ways
to select your materials:
1. You can go online to the Monterey County
Free Libraries website:
Log into your account and search through our
catalog and place materials on hold for yourself. Select “Library
by Mail” as your pick up location. Materials will be sent to you
2. You can call Library by Mail staff
with the materials you wish to order and we will then put your
selections on hold for you.
1-800-322-6884 or 831-883-7544
3. You can ask the Library by Mail
staff to choose items for you. Just give us the names of authors or
subjects that interest you.
4. You can ask the Library by Mail
staff to send you postage-paid order cards.
You can fill out the cards indicating the
materials you wish to receive and mail your requests to the library.
Once your requests are received, our
Library by Mail staff will mail your selections to you in
reusable shipping bags. The return postage for each bag is
pre-stamped on the mailing label. You should return the items you
borrow in the same shipping bag with the pre-stamped return label or
return the complete bag to your local branch library.
The loan period for Library by Mail materials is extended to four weeks.
Materials may not be renewed. Please note that materials borrowed
directly from a branch have shorter loan periods and may be renewed.
its inception, Library by Mail has played an important role
in providing library service to residents of Monterey County. Many
people use the service each week. You can be one of them!
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