Harrison Memorial Library


Dear Library Patrons,  

During these unprecedented times, we at the Library want to do everything we can to help our community deal with the "new normal." Many of you are already enjoying our ebooks, audio books and movies, (and if you're not, go check them out) but we want to hear from you: what else do you need? How can we help?

If you can, please take 5-10 minutes to fill out our survey at bit.ly/CarmelLibrarySurvey and let us know what you need. Community connection? Entertainment? Tech help? All of the above? Feel free to share the survey with your friends, neighbors and anyone else you can think of!  We want to hear from everyone, no library card required.

Don't have 10 minutes? Let us know what kind of virtual programming you're interested in at bit.ly/CPLprogramsurvey (2- 5 minutes). Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Be safe. We'll get through this together. We miss you! 

The Staff at Carmel Public Library   

We are 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. On this page we will be pointing out some interesting services offered by the physical library but also those that are available electronically. To get to the library's website click here.

If you'd like to help our library staff better understand your requirements

We have to say, given the mission of the CRA, that the we have a special affinity for the Local History room at the Park Branch library. They also have a Local History page. It is really quite AMAZING what Ashlee Wright, Katie O'Connell and their associates have put together. 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. You can even see an interview with our President Barbara Livingston here. What treasures they have! 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, Katie has selected some interviews with important characters in town. They are pretty extensive with most being about 1 1/2 hours long. Some have been split into chapters, some haven't but you are free to jump around. 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:

Developing Point Lobos - Robert Blaisdell

Music at the Forest Theater - Sarah Berling

Kite Festival & Halloween - Sam Farr

Downtown Carmel - Sue McCloud

If you want to listen to the longer interviews you can click here and then pick the person you'd like to learn more about.

Katie has some other recordings that need to be processed and the CRA will be working with her to help make that happen. If you have video editing or production skills and would like to help out with this project, send an email to [email protected] and we'll put you to work!