Local History


Henry Meade Williams Local History Department
Park Branch Library, Mission Street and Sixth Avenue

The Local History Department is the archives for Carmel-by-the-Sea, and is devoted to acquiring, preserving, and making available historically significant items concerning the history of Carmel. These collections include: photographs, books, letters, diaries, programs, manuscripts, maps, scrapbooks, and works of art. 


Local History Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 1-6 pm

Local History Librarian
Katie O’Connell
(831) 624-1615

Online Resources 


In-Library Resources


Old-time Carmel on HistoryPin

Explore Carmel’s history overlaid on today’s streets. Find Jo Mora’s studio, George Sterling’s home, Carmel’s first library and much more.


Our Library’s History

Library service in Carmel began in 1906, when the Carmel Free Library Association began lending books from a little redwood building.


Research a Building

Learn more about historic Carmel homes or buildings with library resources and information from the Planning Department.