Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why is the City proposing a Sales Tax Measure? Why do we need more money?

    Measure K will help to provide funding for community center improvements, public safety, senior services, parks, recreation, and other general city services, and the City Council believes there is a window of opportunity to protect our sales tax dollars for Monrovia and get out ahead of LA County and other regional agencies that are considering their own sales tax measures for their own initiatives.  Over the past decade, four of the nine County-wide tax measures passed, despite Monrovians voting against them.

  • What purchases are impacted by a sales tax increase?

    In California, sales tax is collected on retail transactions of prepared foods and tangible items, such as furniture, clothing, toys, and other similar items.  However, Measure K would not apply to some basic staples, such as groceries, prescription medicine, and unprepared foods.

  • What will the City do with the money if Measure K is approved?

    If approved, the City has some aspirational goals that it would like to further discuss with the Community. Initial potential funding options include:

    • Upgrade/renovate the Community Center
    • Upgrade/renovate the City’s Parks and public facilities
    • Reduce costs for residents by decreasing fees on the utility bill 
    • Achieve a AAA credit rating and save for a Rainy Day Fund
    • Address other community priorities like affordable housing, youth programs and public safety
  • How much money does the City get back on County-wide tax measures?

    On average, Monrovia receives about 10 cents for every $1.00 we contribute. In some cases, Monrovia receives much less, such as with Measure H. Each measure typically has its own formula for how money is allocated. Some formulas are based on population, while others are competitive and require an application process. Overall, the City gives more in taxes than we receive back.

  • How do we know the City will do what it says it will with the money?

    If Measure K gets approved, City Council will appoint a Citizens Advisory Committee to ensure transparency for the Community. Additionally, Measure K funds will be deposited and tracked in a separate account and will be subject to the City’s annual financial audit, and the generated funds will still require City Council approval through the municipal budgeting process.

  • Can the State raise the sales tax limit in California?

    Yes, but the City believes there’s no interest in Sacramento to increase the limit at this time.  It would require a 2/3 vote of the California legislature to change the limit.   In addition, the City is proactively working with other local cities to help protect local agencies from additional taxes being imposed on them without local voter approval.  The City is in the preliminary phases now and will continue to work towards this endeavor.

  • How do I get a Library Card?

    As a charter member of the Library of California, the Monrovia Public Library provides free library cards to anyone residing in the State of California. As a requirement, the person must show identification and proof of residency.
    Acceptable identification is:

    • Valid drivers' license or California ID card,
    • Consular ID card
    • Passport with some form of current address (property lease or deed, a property tax receipt, mail delivered or utility bill within one month, car registration, or rent receipt).

    P.O. Boxes are not accepted as current address. The City Attorney of the City of Monrovia stated: "The City/Library is loaning City property and therefore has a definite interest in having a physical address at which to contact a patron. If the patron does not want to give this information, the patron can use the library materials in the Library, but will not have the privilege of borrowing materials.

    Any person under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to show the required identification. A legal guardian needs to provide court documentation showing they are legally responsible for the child who is requesting the library card. Parents/Legal guardian may register their children without the child being present. If a parent or guardian is unavailable, an adult relative of the minor who holds a valid Monrovia library card may agree in writing to accept responsibility of any charges, fines or fees incurred by the minor. The adult relative shall execute a form for this purpose provided by the Circulation Staff.

    Only the cardholder may use the card and the library card must be present to check out materials. All library cards need to be renewed each year on the date of receiving their first card.

  • Is the City proposing a sales tax increase just because other cities are doing it, too?

    No. We are seeing many cities in LA County propose sales tax measures for a variety of reasons. While each city is in its own unique financial situation, many see the fiscal reality that Monrovia sees—external public agencies are ready to take up the remaining 3/4% and we want to seize this window of opportunity before the sales tax limit is reached. If approved, this sales tax measure will prevent the City from losing revenues to another agency outside of Monrovia.

  • How can I use the Library computer?

    There are 12 computers for youth, 6 computers for teens, and 20 computers for adults. All the library's public access computers were made possible by a generous donation from the Hoffman family. In addition, the library's broadband internet service is made possible courtesy of Giggle Fiber Gigabit Internet.

    The use of computers is a privilege we are pleased to extend to Monrovia Library cardholders in good standing. Identification with California residency is required to obtain a library card with computer privileges. For more information, please review the  Computer Internet Use Agreement or see Library Staff at the Customer Service Desk.

    • Teen computers: Minors 13 years through 17 years old
    • Youth computers: Minors under 18 for filtered access only
    • Adult computers: Patrons 18 and over, or minors with parental permission for unfiltered access
  • What about the City of Santa Fe Springs? How were they able to exceed the sales tax cap?

    The City of Santa Fe Springs was in a very special circumstance, and they petitioned the State to add to their local sales tax above the State limit, which is how they reached 10.5%. This was something that their City sought out and Santa Fe Springs voters approved.

  • Doesn’t the City have enough new revenues coming in from all the new development?

    Although new developments do bring additional revenues to the City, it’s only a fraction of the value of the development cost.  For example a $34.5 million building valuation for property tax purposes would only generate approximately $60,000, in new revenue for the City, or 0.17% of the assessed value.

  • How can I use the Library Study Room?


    Three study rooms are available, during library operating hours only, on a free, first-come, first-served basis. All three rooms are available for small groups. No advance reservations.

    All study rooms are available for use by patrons who have a valid library card and are in 6th grade or older.


    • Study room sign-ups begin when the Library opens for the day and are for that day only.
    • All rooms must be vacated by 15 minutes to closing.
    • Sign-ups are taken at the Adult Services Reference Desk in person.
    • Study room sign-ups are 2 hours for groups and 1 hour for singles                         
    • Time may be extended if no one is waiting for the room. Only one session per day is allowed for singles or by any member of a group using a study room.


    Study Rooms A & B allow a maximum of 4 people.

    Study Room C allows a maximum of 6 people.

    The majority of the group must be present at the Reference Desk before anyone can sign up for a study room. Time starts at sign-up.

    An Adult Services Librarian will initially open the doors for use.

    If the whiteboard is required, the Library provides markers and erasers. The whiteboard must be erased when the group leaves the study room.

    Patrons may leave the room to go to the restroom or acquire a study aid, but there is no in and out. Do not leave personal items unattended. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings or their loss.

    The person signing up for the room assumes responsibility for all damages and for making sure the room is clear of all personal belongings and trash at the end of use.

    Covered drinks are allowed. No food or chewing gum is allowed.

    No sitting on the floor or table.

    Lights must remain on during use.

    The rooms are not sound-proof. Loud noise and disruptive behavior will result in immediate loss of the room and/or library privileges. Library staff has the authority to expel groups using the study rooms inappropriately. Study room users must observe the Monrovia Public Library Rules of Conduct.  Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Loud talking
    • Frequent coming & going
    • Slamming doors
    • Eating or drinking from an uncovered drink
    • Defacing the room or furniture in any manner*
    • Conduct disturbing to other library users
    • Loud cell phone use
    • Personal listening devices that can be heard by others

    *Anyone who defaces Library property is guilty of a crime. California Education Code Section 19910 states that it is against the law to cut, tear, write in, mark, deface, break or injure Library property. Any person who commits such an act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

    The Library reserves the right to revise this policy at any time. If revised, a copy of the current policy will be available at the Library’s Adult Services Desk.

    Violators will be asked to leave the library and may lose library privileges.

  • What are the Library's policies and fees?


    Monday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Thursday – Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Sunday Closed

    As a charter member of the Library of California, the Monrovia Public Library will provide a free library card to anyone who resides in the State of California.  Identification and proof of residency are required. Ask at the Customer Service Desk for specifics regarding I.D. requirements.

    You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card and any fines and/or miscellaneous charges that accrue on your account.  Library cards are not transferable and the physical card is required for checking out materials.

    Lost cards must be reported to the library immediately.  Failure to report the loss of your card means you are responsible for any subsequent fines and other charges that accumulate.  Card replacement: $2.00.

    Change of address must also be reported immediately.  Identification and proof of residency must be presented to verify address change.

    Teachers: (School I.D. required) 30 total adult items for 3 weeks
    40 total children’s items for 4 weeks

    Adults & Children: 30 items (Print, CDs, DVDs, Other)

    DVD Rentals: FREE for 7 days; 17 & younger need parental permission. DVDs are not renewable.

    Telescopes: check out for 7 days; borrower must be 18 years or older. Telescopes are not renewable.

    Printed material: $0.15 per day per item; maximum fine is $5.00 per item.

    Audiobooks & Music CDs:  $0.15 per day per item; maximum fine is $5.00 per item.

    DVDs:  $1.00 per day per item; maximum fine is $5.00 per item (DVDs are FREE to check out).

    Telescopes: $5.00 per day per item; maximum fine is $25.00 per item.

    Fines of $10.00 or more will temporarily suspend library privileges until full or partial payment is made.

    All fines must be paid within three months or library privileges will be denied.

    Materials may be renewed twice by phone, online or in person as long as they are not overdue, on hold for another patron, or have exceeded the maximum loan period. 


    Books and Periodicals  3 weeks 
    Paperbacks  3 weeks 
    Large Print Books  4 weeks 
    Books on CD  3 weeks 
    Music CD  3 weeks 
    DVDs  7 days 
    DVD TV Series  7 days
    Telescopes  7 days
    Youth items w/Teacher card  4 weeks 


    Holds may be placed on checked out items by phone, online or in person.  There is no fee for holds. You have 5 working days to pick up your item after you are called.

    Patrons in good standing may request books from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. There is a non-refundable fee of $5.00 to place the request.

    Printed material: Cost of the item plus $6.00 non-refundable processing fee.

    All audio/video: Cost of item plus $6.00 non-refundable processing fee (for complete set).

    Lost items that have been paid for and are found undamaged within 6 months will have the cost of the item refunded.  Processing fees are non-refundable.

    Library’s plastic covers/cases damaged/lost  $5.00
    Item barcode damaged/lost  $1.00

  • How can I rent the Library Community Room?

    Contact Rebecca Sandoval, Recreation Supervisor, at 626-256-8232