Library Services

The Library offers you thousands of items to borrow, from books, DVDs, CDs, music scores and magazines to downloadable books, music, movies and more. All you need is your library card for access!



How many items may I borrow and for how long?

For most materials, you may borrow unlimited physical items at a time for a 3 week period. If you need more time, you can renew the item(s) as long as no one else is waiting for them. If you have late fees totaling more than $10.00 you will need to pay your late fees in order to renew or place a hold.Your library card also gives you access to streaming and downloadable items, which you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.


Other Services

Computer & eResource Help

The library offers assistance with all of our digital resources (eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and magazines) and general computer help on the first and third Saturday of each month between 1 and 3 pm. Or call the Reference Desk at (831) 624-7323.

Be prepared with your:

  • Device, with login and password
  • Library card number and PIN

Copies, Printing & Internet Access

Unlimited wifi access is available at both the Main and Park Branch Libraries. 

Copy machines are available in the Reference Room at the Main Library and in the Children’s Department at the Park Branch Library.

Printing from your mobile device is available at the Main Library. 

Homebound Services

We deliver library materials to homebound people living in Carmel-by-the-Sea and the surrounding unincorporated area. Call the Outreach Librarian at (831) 624-4629 to receive books, audiobooks, DVDs and reference information.

We also offer assistance in completing application forms for the California State Library’s Braille and Talking Book Library.

Interlibrary Loan

Books and articles can be borrowed from other libraries for a $5 fee. Ask your librarian (831) 624-7323. 

Services for persons with disabilities

Persons with disabilities who do not wish to use the stairs can enter the library to the right of the main entrance. This entrance is accessible via exterior ramps, and there is a bell outside the door for patrons who need additional assistance. A laptop computer with Zoomtext is available for patrons who are unable to access the public internet terminals in the reference room.

The ClearView Video Magnifier System in the reference room magnifies print to help people with limited vision. It magnifies anything placed under it up to 50 times its original size, and can change foreground and background colors.

Test Proctoring

Call for an appointment – (831) 624-7323. No “drop-in” test proctoring is available. Student must provide current photo identification, and bring all necessary supplies, including envelopes and postage if needed.

We will meet the testing institution’s requirements whenever possible, but reserve the right to refuse proctoring services if the requirements exceed staff or facility capabilities. The library will not keep copies of test materials.