Support the Library


Support the Library

The Carmel Public Library benefits from the combination of the Carmel Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Carmel Public Library, Library Board of Trustees and donors and volunteers like you!

Through your support, the library is able to provide programming for all ages, enrich our collections and furnish our facilities.  Here are some ways that you can support your library: 

  • Donate to the Carmel Public Library Foundation or serve on the Board of Directors. Though the Library is a department of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, we receive only a portion of our funding from the City. Through the gifts, donations and bequests of its members, Carmel Public Library Foundation provides the majority of funds for all of the books, materials, programs and services of the Library.

  • Volunteer for the Friends of Harrison Memorial Library (FHML). The Friends is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to our library programs. Fill out a Friends of the Library Membership Application, and send it and $15.00 in dues to: Friends of Harrison Memorial Library, C/O Treasurer, P.O. Box 87, Carmel, CA 93921. Consider volunteering in the book room or serving on the Friends Board. Email Friends President Barbara Darrah for more information.
  • Give books to the Friends. The Friends of the Library Bookroom is OPEN starting September 8You can usually bring books, DVDs, and CDs to the Friends of the Library for the annual book sale by dropping them off at Sunset Center (San Carlos Street and Tenth Avenue) on Tuesday mornings between 10am and noon.
  • Shop at the annual Friends of the Harrison Memorial Library book sale. The August 2020 book sale has been cancelled.  The Friends are busy making plans for August 2021.  The sale is held every August and is an event not to be missed for bibliophiles. Net proceeds from the sale go to the Library. 
  • Serve on the Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 9:00 the Council Chambers at City Hall, located on Monte Verde Street between Ocean and Seventh Avenues. Members are appointed by the Mayor and Vice-mayor. Contact the City Clerk via email or (831) 620-2016 for more information.