NEW HOURS for Book Chalet - No longer open on Tuesdays. Hours are Wednesday - Friday noon to 4:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 2:30pm.

Vintage Books on Sale Year-Round at Book Chalet - FLYER

Gallery Wall at Mammoth Lakes Branch - October to December - FLYER

Special Story Time Wednesday, October 17th - FLYER

Lee Vining Branch Newsletter



Special Events at the Mammoth Lakes Library

Gallery Wall features three local artists - FLYER

Special Story Time - October 17th - FLYER









The Friends of the Library groups for three branch libraries are exhibiting art work by local, up-and-coming artist within their branches. These Gallery Walls offer the opportunity for the artists to place their work for public view and sale, and the Friends receive a portion of the proceeds of any sale.

The Mammoth Lakes Branch exhibit starting in October features three local artists - FLYER

Stop by the Coleville or Lee Vining libraries to see what is currently on exhibit.


Mission Statement

The Mono County Library enhances lives and strengthens our communities by providing free access to information, technology, life-long learning opportunities, social interactions, and cultural enrichment.   

The Mono County Free Library was established in 1965 as a joint school-community library system. The library is operated by the Mono County Office of Education under the direction of the Mono County Superintendent of Schools and the Mono County Library Authority Board.  The administrative offices are located in the Mammoth Lakes Branch at 400 Sierra Park Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.


The Mono County Library System upholds the principals of intellectual freedom and the public’s right to know by providing people of all ages with access to material that reflects a diversity of points of view. This library system affirms its support of the basic library policies defined in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, and Libraries: an American Value.

Confidentiality of Patron Information

In accordance with California State Law (Gov. code section 6267), all registration and circulation records shall remain confidential.  Records shall be maintained on fines that are unpaid; records shall also be retained for information on the number of times fines or other charges have been excused.

Library records are maintained solely for administrative purposes. They are not to be used to identify the types of materials borrowed by an individual, and library staff will not provide information to a third party about what a patron of the library has borrowed. The library will provide circulation information (printed or verbal) to the concerned library card holder or person authorized in writing by the library card-holder. Information regarding overdue items will be made available to the financially responsible person.

Selection Responsibility

Each of the Mono County Library\\\'s lead staff members is responsible for the purchasing of materials for their Branch library.

Selection Criteria

Selection of items by the library is based upon, but not limited to, the following:

  • Present and potential relevance to community needs.
  • Suitability of subject, style and reading level for the intended audience.
  • Timeliness of the subject and/or format.
  • Reputation and/or significance of author, illustrator, publisher, or producer.
  • Review by one or more appropriate professional journals.
  • Critics’ and staff members’ reviews.
  • Relationship to existing materials in the collection, including special collections.
  • Cost in relationship to funds available.
  • Format, reliability, and accuracy of subject matter.
  • Popularity and public demand.

Donations of Materials

All donations are subject to evaluation by the same criteria as purchased materials. Specific guidelines for donated materials are outlined in Mono County policy 1138A.

Internet Use

Internet service is available at all Mono County Libraries according to established rules and guidelines.

Mono County Office of Education

The Mono County Office is Education strives to be, first and foremost, an agency of service. In addition to operating Mono County's Alternative Education programs, MCOE works closely with the two school districts to help support them by providing staff development and support as needed. The Mono County Office of Education is also the only county in the state of California that operates all of the county's public libraries. There are seven library branches serving each of the communities in Mono County and MCOE is very proud of each one.

The Board of Trustees also acts as the Library Authority Board for all branch libraries.

Volunteer at the BOOK CHALET

If you love books, the Friends of the Library's Used Book Store, is the place to volunteer!

A Book Chalet volunteer's primary task is to welcome visitors and sell used books. If interested, volunteers may also price and shelve books per established guidelines. The end-of-day shift is responsible for tallying the day's receipts. Stop by and chat with a volunteer!  If you're interested in helping out, call Book Chalet at 760-924-2593, leave your contact information with the Mammoth Lakes Library, 760-934-4777, or fill out the library's contact form, with Book Chalet Volunteer in the subject line. Volunteers must be members of the Mammoth Lakes Friends of the Library ($10 annual membership or volunteer hours in lieu of).

The Book Chalet is open as noted below. There are 2-hour shifts avavilable in winter and 2 1/2 hour shifts in summer, with one volunteer working each shift. 

Summer Hours - Memorial Day through Labor Day
Wednesday through Friday 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Regular Hours: - Rest of Year
Wednesday through Friday 12 noon to 4 pm
Saturday 11 am to 2:30 pm

Vintage Books Subcommittee

The Vintage Books Subcommittee sells donated used books that are more valuable than our regular bargain-basement book sale prices, due to age, first edition status, signatures of authors, or other collectible characteristics. This committee of volunteers researches, evaluates, and prices these books for either internet sales or MLFOL book sales. Volunteers must be computer literate with access to a computer (library computers are available as is one-on-one training).

Mono County Library Sponsored Resources

You can access these resources using your 14 digit library card number:

KOHA Library Catalog

    • Our online catalog. Sign in to renew materials and place holds


    • Digital audio books & ebooks

EBSCO eBooks  

EBSCO Periodicals

    • 2,500 Full Text Periodicals
    • 107,135 Photos, Maps and Flags
    • 84,074 Full Text biographies
    • 86,135 Primary Source Documents
    • 329 Full text Reference Resources
    • Access outside the library with your library card

California Library Services for People with Print Disabilities

FREE Resources (library card number not required):

Online Archive of California

    • The OAC provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, and so on) maintained by more than 200 libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California — including collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. The OAC is a core component of the University of California California Digital Library (CDL) and is administered by the Digital Special Collections program.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

    • The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a pilot project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.


    • Calisphere is the University of California free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

 Driver Education Program

    • Includes 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

      Historical Archives - So. Mono County Historial Society

Scans of Local Newspapers (Provided by So. Mono County Historical Society)

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