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Zip Books

Need a book the Library doesn't own?

Via Zip Books, the Library can purchase books or books-on-cd via and have them shipped to your home. Zip Books is supported in whole by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Please Note: the Zip Book program is currently on hiatus until funds are available again. Please check back later.

Information about the Zip Book program:
  • You may request up to 1 (one) Zip Book per month until funds run out. To request a new item, you must return your current Zip Book.
  • The title cannot be already owned by Monterey Public Library
  • The title must be available and fulfilled through for less than $50 (no pre-orders and no 3rd party sellers)
  • You must have a Monterey Public Library or Pacific Grove Public Library card in good standing
  • Your mailing address must be current and match the contact information in your library card account.
  • Requests for books in other languages, books on CD, or Playaways are welcome if they are available from Amazon. Out of print books may be requested if they meet the criteria. DVDs, eBooks, and used books are not available through the Zip Book program.

Staff will review requests within one week. If your Zip Book is approved, the order will be placed with Amazon and the item will be shipped to your home. We will email you when the order is placed or if we need to follow up on your request.

The Zip Book will then appear as an item checked out to your library account. Zip Books are due six weeks from the order date. If your Zip Book does not arrive in a few weeks, please contact us at

Return your Zip Book to a Monterey Public Library staff member and tell them it was a Zip Book.

Please contact or call (831) 646-3740 with questions.