Harrison Memorial Library

Both the Harrison & Park Branch Libraries are open as of Spring 2023:

  • Monday: 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm

Zip Books - Books Delivered to Your Door

If there's an item the library doesn't own, you can request it through the Zip Books program and get it delivered to your mailing address. 2 items per patron per month. (Restrictions apply.)

eBooks & More   Our digital collections are available 24/7 from home with your library card:

Both Book Drops Open - You can return all your library items (including DVDs, kids books, and Zip Books-please include a note with your name) to the book drops at the Harrison Memorial Library (Ocean & Lincoln) or the Park Branch Library (Mission & 6th).

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 Check out the CRA Lifetime Achievement Recognition bestowed to our Carmel Library May 18 2023 on this webpage.  So well deserved for decades in the past and in the years to come.

Our community is very fortunate to have an incredible library in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It has always been a key part of our town and has been supported by generous donations from patrons over the years. To get to the library's website click here.

CRA has a special affinity for the Local History room at the Park Branch library. For virtual access - they also have a Local History page.  Dig in and be prepared to have a lot of fun! You can click on Digital Collections, Genealogy, Houses & Buildings, Maps, Newspapers and Oral History.  After you finish your investigations you might also check out The Old Days column on the Pine Cone's archive page.

To make it even easier for you to explore, this team has selected some interviews with important characters in town. They are pretty extensive with most being about 1 1/2 hours long. It's a great way to learn more about these people but also what was happening in town as they grew up. Here are a few clips to get your started:

If you want to listen to longer interviews, you can click here and then pick the person you'd like to learn more about. (New link: https://ci.carmel.ca.us/oral-history)

Plus, there is the Friends of the Harrison Memorial Library too.

This volunteer organization's work benefits our Library. They sell used books in various ways:

    1. Sales at the Sunset Center Bookroom, in the lower (south) parking lot at San Carlos & 10th. 
      Their hours are Tuesday 10-1, Thursday 3-5 and Saturday 11-1
      ...and this is where Book donations are welcome Tuesday's from 10-12
    2. Sales at the Thursday's Carmel Farmers Market 10-2 when spots are available.
Call 831-649-3712 or email [email protected] for details and questions.