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King City Branch Services
  • Books, talking books on CD, DVDs and magazines for all ages
  • Newspapers: Salinas Californian, King City Rustler
  • Materials in English and Spanish
  • E-books and E-audio
  • Public computers with Internet, Microsoft Office, copy, scan, print, and fax
  • Public meeting rooms(s) reservation at the library front desk and online.
  • Free wireless Internet 
  • Microfilms of local newspaper King City Rustler
  • Programs and events for children and adults, and much more
  • Telescope
  • Specialized programs:  Story time, maker space, Greenfield Mobile Science Lab, Palo Alto Mobile Health Van
  • Homework Center: Tue 2-6pm, Wed 2:30-6:30 pm, Thur 2-6pm
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Local Friends group:  Friends of the King City Library

About King City Branch

The City of King is an incorporated city in the center of the southern Salinas Valley. It was named for Charles Henry King, who laid out the town on the old Rancho San Lorenzo when the line of the Southern Pacific was extended to that point in July, 1986. According to Monterey County Place Names, “In 1984 he bought 13,000 acres of the San Lorenzo grant for which he paid $10,500. Here he planted wheat successfully, which was an inducement for the extension of the railroad”. The city became known as Kings City until, in 1890, the local newspaper dropped the “s”. On February 9, 1911, it was officially incorporated as “The City of King” and is generally known as King City.

The first free public library for King City was established in 1913. Thanks to the City of King, the State of California and the County of Monterey, the King City Library opened its doors at its present location in the former Bank of America Building on November 6, 1997.

Statistics for Fiscal Year 2018-2019:

Circulation: 42,373
Estimated Service Population: 14,023


Library services since February 10, 1914; became affiliated with MCFL in 2015.
Square Footage: 7,700