A Message from the Library Director

"Our doors may be closed, but we're still here for you. Hold on to your books! Due dates extended to 6/30. Book drops are closed. Get a library card online. eBooks & More: Our online resources are always open. Need help? Call (831) 624-4629"

UPDATED March 19, 2020

To Our Community: 

Based on the recommendations issued by the County of Monterey Health Department related to aggressive social distancing to help curtail further spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Harrison Memorial and Park Branch Libraries are closed through April 8. During this period, we will continually assess this developing situation to determine the length of closure.

Staff will be available 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone (831-624-4629) and email to answer your questions and help you navigate our online resources. 

Through our website you can: 

You can also request books be mailed directly to you through the Zip books program, or send us purchase suggestions for both hard copy materials and ebooks/audiobooks.  

Library Cards

If you know someone that doesn’t have a library card and wants one, online card registration is now available. For those of you who have cards, we will be automatically renewing all library cards that may have expired or near expiring. 

Due Dates

The Library has extended all due dates through June 30, 2020.

Book drop

Effective at 6:00 p.m., March 17, 2020, the book drops at both library buildings will be closed. 


All holds or requests placed on library materials have been suspended. These will be reinstated when library services resume. 

As we navigate these uncertain times, our highest priority is the safety of our staff and our community. The City will continue to inform and educate the community through the City Administrator’s Friday Letter and the City’s website at www.ci.carmel.ca.us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at awright@ci.carmel.ca.us.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy.

Ashlee Wright

Library Director