About Us

The Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System (MOBAC) is a multi-type library consortium of 18 full members (public, academic and special) and several networking members in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties on the California Central Coast.
MOBAC began in 1969 as a public library cooperative and by 1985 had grown to include academic and special libraries as equal members in the organization. It is now one of 15 cooperative library systems in California and is funded in part by the State through the California Library Services Act and by fees collected from member libraries. In 2009, MOBAC joined the Pacific Library Partnership, a consolidation of several Northern California library systems.
The MOBAC libraries work together to share resources to improve library services to the residents of all the members’ jurisdictions. Library patrons pay no direct fees for use of MOBAC services. MOBAC is governed by an Administrative Council composed of the director or liaison of each member. The Council meets regularly to set policy and direction for the system.

This website is provided for MOBAC member libraries and committees to share information and resources from a central location. Comments or problems with this website may be communicated to mobacinfo@plpinfo.org

Governing Documents

Our Mission

MOBAC is a multi-type organization that develops and delivers information services to member libraries and other clients using the most effective methods; promotes sharing its members’ diverse resources; and plays a leadership role in developing innovative programs and in advocating for library services.

Our Values

All MOBAC members are unified in one core value: the library in each community – whether public, academic, or special – is essential to the quality and enjoyment of life in that community, and for creating an informed population, with free and equal access to information, and resources that are meaningful to the people they serve.
Member Libraries
Acronym Library Contact
CAB Cabrillo College Library 6500 Soquel Drive, Building 1000, Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6473
Fax: (831) 479-6500
CSUMB CSUMB 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
(831) 582-3733
Fax: (831) 582-3354 (Administration)
Fax: (831) 582-3875 (ILL)
GAV Gavilan College Library 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 848-4809
Fax: (408) 846-4927
HCL Hartnell College Library 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-6872
Fax: (831) 759-6084
HML Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel P.O. Box 800, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-4629
Fax: (831) 624-0407
MCFL Monterey County Free Libraries Administrative Office
188 Seaside Circle, Marina, CA 93933
(831) 883-7573
Fax: (831) 883-7574
MIIS Middlebury Institute of International Studies Library 425 Van Buren Street, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-4133
Fax: (831) 647-3518
MPC Monterey Peninsula College Library 980 Fremont Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940-4799
(831) 646-4095
Fax: (831) 645-1308
MPL Monterey Public Library 625 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3933
Fax: (831) 646-5618
NPS Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library 411 Dyer Road, Monterey CA 93943-5101
(831) 656-2341
Fax: (831) 656-2050
PGR Pacific Grove Public Library 550 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 648-5760
Fax: (831) 373-3268
TDD: (831) 648-5762
SAL Salinas Public Library 110 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 758-7314
Fax: (831) 758-7336
SBE San Benito County Free Library 470 Fifth Street, Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 636-4107
Fax: (831) 636-4099
SCZ Santa Cruz Public Libraries 117 Locust St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-7706
Fax: (831) 427-7720
SJB San Juan Bautista City Library P.O. Box 1420 / 801 Second St., San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
(831) 623-4687
Fax: (831) 623-4701
UCSC University of California at Santa Cruz Library 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-4000
Fax: (831) 459-8206
WAT Watsonville Public Library 275 Main Street, Suite 100,
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 768-3400
Fax: (831) 763-4015
TDD: (831) 763-4076
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