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Adult Resources for COVID-19

COVID-19 Personal Safety Equipment

Monterey County Free Libraries staff is working on 3D printing N95 masks with a HEPA filter. For more information please contact us.

The CDC suggests wearing a cloth face covering and washing and cleaning your hands to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There are many ways to make a cloth face covering.  If you prefer reading directions please visit or search Youtube for how-to videos.

3D printed masks are in high demand, but other 3D printed items have proven just as useful. 3D printed ear guards help alleviate the pain and discomfort from wearing an N95 mask for a prolonged period. Individuals and companies have also begun 3D printing face shields.

Food Resources 

Feedingamerica is a great resource to find your local food bank for food assistance or volunteer opportunities.

United Way Monterey County and 2-1-1 have information on food plans, groceries, and food assistance programs.

Some restaurants have closed, some have altered hours, and some may have changed to take-out only.  To find out what’s open near you please visit

Bills and Income  

Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s website has information on how the CARES Act and stimulus will affect our region. You will also find information on renting assistance, food assistance, and other topics during this emergency.

The State of California has expanded and changed some unemployment procedures during this emergency.  

Monterey County Workforce Development Board is still assisting people during this emergency.

The tax deadline has been extended to July, 15. For more information on taxes and assistance please visit the IRS page

Local Disaster Assistance

Community volunteers make a big difference during an emergency. United Way Monterey County has information on volunteering.

The State of California also has a volunteer page with other resources. AlertMontereyCounty is a system used by City and County public safety officials to deliver emergency notifications to residents and businesses impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster.

Communicating during Stay at Home Order

Some internet service providers have offered free or discounted data or internet plans. Spectrum and Boost Mobile are two such companies, please check with your current provider for more information.

If you need to meet with groups then you have a number of options. ZoomSkypeMicrosoft Teams, and others allow you to videoconference, voice chat, or text chat with others from your home. 

Nextdoor is a social media site that allows you to know what’s happening around your neighborhood.

California is expanding Friendship Line California to support lonely and isolated older Californians across the state. Friendship Line California is toll-free and available to provide emotional support to older Californians facing loneliness, isolation and anxiety. The California Department of Aging is partnering with the Institute on Aging to support this effort. The number is 1-888-670-1360.

The Social Bridging Project will mobilize more than 1,000 callers to proactively reach out to older Californians who are isolating at home. The project will combat social isolation through direct, one-on-one communication with older Californians, many living alone and isolated. Listos California is partnering with the California Department of Aging, United Airlines, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and Sacramento State University to make calls to older Californians. Callers will check on the individual’s well-being, connect them to resources, and connect with them on a personal level.



Art History Resources
Artnet - Artists, Galleries, Events
Ask Art - Artists Bluebook
The Getty - Scholarly Art Resources, Art Conservation


AutoRepair Source (EBSCO Host Database)
California Department of Motor Vehicles - Official Government Site
California Department of Motor Vehicles - Driver Handbook
Edmund's ® Automobile Buyer's Guide
Kelley Blue Book

Barnes & Noble
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Dewey Decimal System Summaries Fantastic Fiction
Google Books
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO Host database)
Library of Congress
MagPortal - Free articles back to 1998.
Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
New York Times Best Sellers Lists
RBDigital - a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines


AtoZdatabases - business database CalGold - business permit, license, and registration requirements
Edgar - SEC Fillings & Forms
Free Business Forms
Hoover's Online - Company Information
Monterey Bay SCORE
Monterey County Business Portal
Nonprofit Organizations - Guide Star
Small Business Administration
U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Yahoo Finance


Business and Human Rights Resource Center
California Department of Consumer Affairs License Lookup
Consumer Information from the Federal Government
Consumer Reports
Consumer World Free Annual Credit Report
Loan Amortization Table Calculator

Privacy, Identity and Online Security - Home buying, Renting


Epicurious - Large Recipe Collection
Food Network
Local Harvest

Nutrition Data
RecipeSource - Searchable Online Archive of Recipes

GENEALOGY - Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. Available only at the library
California Death Records 1940-1997
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
Death Indexes & Records
Ellis Island - U. S. Immigration Records
Family Search - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Find a Grave
Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
Obituaries Finder from
Social Security Death Index
Where to Write for Vital Records


A to Z : The USA - information about states
BBC Country Profiles

Cities and Counties of U.S. - ePodunk
Electronic Map Collection

Geographic Names Information System - GNIS (Online gazetteer)
Google Maps
States Information Directory
World Factbook - Country Profiles compiled by CIA


American Presidency Project
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments - AMBAG

California Home Page
California Counties Information
CEQA - searchable environmental database of the California Clearinghouse
Congressional Directory
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
GPO Access - Government Documents
Stateline - states policy and politics
THOMAS - U.S. Congress on the Internet
U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS)
Consideration of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals
A Guide to Naturalization eBook
Study materials for the Naturalization Test
100 Civics Questions & Answers (English version)
100 Civics Questions & Answers (Spanish version)
U. S. Government's Official Web Portal


AmericanHumanDevelopmentProjectof the Social Science Research Council
Foundation Directory for Nonprofits Online - Available only at the Seaside Branch Library
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - Available only at the Seaside Branch Library
Foundation Center
Foundation Collection at the Seaside Branch
Government Benefits for Individuals
Government Grants (Federal)
GrantSpace - resources for grantseekers
National Center for Charitable Statistics


CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula)
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
Covered California - Affordable Care Insurance Marketplace
Doctor Finder
Genetic Home Reference
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body (Bartleby)
Household Products Database (Health & Safety Info)
Mayo Clinic
Merck Manual
MEDLINE Plus - Health & Drug Information
RxList Pill Identification Tool
Salem Health - Magill’s Medical Guide and more For home access click here. Your password is your MCFL library card number.
Symptom Checker
Understanding Lab Tests
World Health Organization


California Missions eBooks
California History Photos & Documents
Prints and Photographs from the Library of Congress


California Bill Information (from 1993 to present)
California Code of Regulations
California Codes
California Courts - Self-Help Center with forms
California Legal Specialists
California Legislative Information

California Public Safety Codes (Building, Fire, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

California Tenants and Landlords
Constitution of the United States
Federal Agencies
Lawyer Directory from Martindale
Legal Help for low-income Californians
Legal Glossaries - Multiple Languages
Legal Information
Legal Information Institute - Cornell Law School
Monterey County Code
Monterey County Law Library
Municipal Codes
Nolo Press - Legal Information
State Bar of California - Attorney Search
Supreme Court of the United States
THOMAS - U.S. Congress
United States Code
U.S. Copyright Office


2-1-1 services available in Monterey County
Aging and Disability Services Network - Monterey County
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments - AMBAG
California Crops - Vegetable Research & Information Center

California Missions eBooks
Family Resources - Sam's Guide to Monterey County
Homeless Information and Referral for Monterey Peninsula and Salinas
Impact Monterey County
Monterey County Business Portal
Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services
Monterey County Herald Obituary Index - Jan 1, 1995-June 30, 2003
Monterey County Historical Society
Monterey County Homeless Services
Monterey County Homeless Services Resource Guide
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
Monterey Craig's List
Monterey Peninsula in the movies
Monterey Peninsula Wildflowers
Monterey-Salinas Transit Online
National Steinbeck Center
Race, Demographic and History in Monterey County


Free Scores
Historic American Sheet Music 1850-1920
National Jukebox - historical recordings from the Library of Congress
Sheet Music Database - Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Song Index - California Library System


1stHeadlines - Top Breaking News
ABC News
Associated Press News (EBSCO)
CNN News
FOX News
Greenfield News
King City Rustler
KION News Channel
KSBW News Channel
Monterey County Herald
Monterey County Weekly
New York Times
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO)
Salinas Californian
San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner
San Jose Mercury News
Voices of Monterey Bay
Web News Harvester (EBSCO)

PEOPLE SEARCH - Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more, from USA and other countries. Available only at the library
AtoZdatabases - residential database
Biography Reference Center (EBSCO)
California Death Records 1940-1997
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
Death Indexes & Records
Ellis Island - U. S. Immigration Records
Family Search - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Find a Grave
Obituaries Finder from
Telephone Directories of the World
Where to Write for Vital Records


Bible Gateway - Many languages and translations
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Sacred Text Archive
Saints & Fathers of the Catholic Church
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
What the Bible Says About


Accelerated Reader - Book Finder
Fantastic Fiction
Fun Readalikes - Gnooks by Gnod
GoodReads - Social cataloging
Google Books
Juvenile Series and Sequels
LibraryThing - Social cataloging
LitLovers - good books for book clubs
New York Times Best Sellers Lists
What's Next - Adult Fiction in Series


California Public Records
City Data

Copyright Office - Library of Congress
Country Studies
Encyclopedia of Associations (International, National and Regional) (GALE Group database)
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GALE Group reference eBooks)
Information Please - Almanacs, Atlas, Dictionary, Encyclopedia
National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations (GALE Group database)
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (GALE Group database)
Telephone Area Codes
Time & Date - World Clock, Calendar & More
Toll Free, the Internet 800 Directory
Weather forecasts for the US and the world
World Book Encyclopedia Online
Zip Code Lookup


Animal Diversity
GreenFILE (EBSCO Host database)
Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements
PubChem (Chemical Information)


2-1-1 (United Way) - Clearinghouse of Information & Referrals
Aging and Disability Services Network
Community Human Services
Family Resources - Sam's Guide
Homeless Information & Referral for Monterey Peninsula and Salinas
Homeless Services
Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services


City Ratings
International Statistics from United Nations
U. S. Census Bureau
U. S. Census Bureau Historical Data


California Franchise Tax Board
Internal Revenue Service


California Elections & Voter Information (Secretary of State)
League of Women Voters of California
Monterey County Elections Office (also in Spanish)
Monterey County Smart Voter