Library Locations and Hours

Mailing Address:
PO Box 800
Carmel, CA 93921

mainarrow Main Branch

parkarrow Park Branch

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How to Get a Library Card

Complete an application at either the Main Library or the Park Branch, or download one here, fill it out and bring it to the library with your ID. We need identification which verifies your address.

Proof of address can include:
  • Driver's License
  • Printed Bank Checks
  • Rental Agreement
  • Utility Bill
  • Property Tax Statement
The library does not accept the following for the purpose of identification:
  • Other Library Cards
  • Mail
  • Business Cards

Universal Borrowing: If you live in California, and have any California public library card, you can get a free library card with us. A photo ID is required.

Children under 14: You will need a parent or legal guardian's signature.

High School Students: A student ID card is all you need.


Visitors from outside of California may obtain a library card for a fee of $10 per month and proof of home residence.

Lost Cards

A replacement fee of $3 is charged for a lost library card.

Library Fees effective November 15, 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 digital photo reproduction -
  • 300 dpi TIFF $15
    600 dpi TIFF $20
    1200 dpi TIFF $25