Library Locations and Hours

Mailing Address:
PO Box 800
Carmel, CA 93921

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We will be closed Saturday, October 29, due to the Carmel Centennial Celebration
Happy birthday, Carmel!

Upcoming Programs

John Muir Laws photoCommunity Night with the Library
John Muir Laws Presents
Thinking like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History
Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm

The powers of observation and curiosity are not static traits, but skills you can develop and enhance. Join California Academy of Sciences author and educator John Muir Laws to learn how can you get more out of your natural history explorations. Also a naturalist and illustrator, Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study, classroom, or family outings.
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811

Teen Lounge Thursdays
Next meetup: November 3, 4-5:30 pm

If you are 13-18, join us the first Thursday of each month from 4-5:30 pm.  We have a blast enjoying creative expression in a relaxed atmosphere.  Open mic, story slams, and theater games, led by librarian Beth Rosenblum.  Bring your favorite writing (poem, story, script...) Next meetup: November 3rd.

Harrison Memorial Library, Teen Lounge, Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel
Questions?  Call 831-624-7323



Astronaut Captain Daniel BurschCommunity Night with the Library
NASA Astronaut Capt. Daniel W. Bursch
Wednesday, November 9, 7 pm

Join Astronaut Daniel Bursch for a talk about space. Bursch had four spaceflights, the first three of which were Space Shuttle missions lasting 10 to 11 days each. His fourth and final spaceflight was a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station as a crew member of Expedition 4, which lasted 196 days, setting a new record for the longest duration spaceflight for an American astronaut.
Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center, 9th & Mission, Carmel 
Questions?  Call 831-624-2811

New Fees effective November 14, 2016
Carmel-by-the-Sea Resolution 2016-064

  • Overdue items - $.50/day
  • Library card replacement - $3
  • Visitor card for out of state visitors - $10/month
  • Interlibrary loan  - $5 per item
  • Printing  - $.20/page for black and white, $.50/page for color
  • Copying  - $.20/page
  • Lost/damaged processing fee for books, audiobooks, DVDs - $15/item, plus actual cost
  • Lost/damaged processing fee for magazines - $5
  • Local History photo digital reproduction -
  • 300 dpi TIFF $15
    600 dpi TIFF $20
    1200 dpi TIFF $25

    Computer helpThird Saturday computer help
    Saturday, November 19, drop in anytime between 1 and 3 PM

    We offer assistance with whatever you need in learning to use computers.  Need help with email? Facebook? Netflix?  Or just using a computer or your smartphone or tablet?  Come in for one-on-one help.  Bring your own laptop, phone or tablet, or use our computers.
    Come in between 1 and 3 pm for assistance.

    Reference Room, Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean & Lincoln, Carmel
    Questions? Call 831-624-7323


    What's New for Kids?

    Baby and Toddler Storytime
    Every Wednesday, 10 am

    Miss GracePark Branch Library, Mission & Sixth

    Hear stories, sing songs, learn fingerplays and rhymes, and have fun. Afterward, we gather at the craft tables to color and socialize with Miss Grace. Weekly, September through May.

    For more information call us at 624-4664.



    Family Fun Pumpkin Decorating
    Thursday Oct. 20, from 3:30-4:30 

    Pumpkin FacesPark Branch Library at Mission and Sixth

    We will be providing pumpkins and materials to decorate them. Make your
    very own pumpkin! All materials provided. Fun for the whole family!

    For more information call us at 624-4664.


    Drawing with Dante Rondo
    Friday Oct. 21, from 3:15-4:30

    Dante RondoPark Branch Library at Mission and Sixth

    Come explore just how much you can get into your black and white drawings using graphite pencils on paper. Expand your abilities in using shading, tone and contrast to make more expressive and masterful art. All materials are provided. This program is for ages 9-14 years old.

    Please pre-register by calling us at 624-4664.


    Steam Saturday with Miss Myah
    Saturday Oct.22, from 1:30-2:30

    SteamPark Branch Library, Mission and Sixth

    Join Miss Myah as she does a cool science experiment. This program is for kindergarten through 5th grades. All materials are supplied. Stay tuned for more details.

    For more information call us at 624-4664.

    New Resources for Kids


    ABCmouse - With more that 3,500 learning activities and 450 lessons, is the most comprehensive early learning curriculum available online! For young learners starting at age 2.


    ScienceFlix - combines curriculum-driven, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9.  Use this link for home access.

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