What We Do

The Carmel Public Library Foundation needs the support from donors like you.

The library is an essential part of life on the Central Coast of California.  Charitable contributions fund 100% of the books, materials, programs, equipment, and services.  Thanks to this generous support, Carmel Library maintains its superior reputation, serving 106,000 locals and visitors from our community, the Central Coast and beyond.

Books, materials…

  • A superb collection of popular books, classics, magazines, newspapers, audio books and DVDs
  • Some 120 new current fiction titles added every month
  • Comprehensive reference materials and reference services
  • Resources on college and financial aid

Services, equipment, programs…

  • A host of computer terminals and online databases
  • Free internet access and wireless capabilities including printing
  • Outreach program for homebound Library patrons
  • Career and job placement materials
  • Wide variety of children and adult programs


  • A unique archive of local history materials: art, photography, rare books, special collections
  • A research center for places, people and events in Carmel history
  • A collection of historic Carmel newspapers and memorabilia
  • An annual lecture series on Carmel area history
  • My Carmel Oral History long-time resident video interview series

Kids…and teens…

  • Reading programs for kids, baby story time, toddler story time
  • A hugely popular summer reading program for pre-school children through eighth grade
  • Early Learning Stations and “edutainment” on the computer for kids
  • Special guest appearances: art, music, singing and dancing
  • Children’s Library has its own building, Park Branch!
  • Popular new Teen Room in the Main Library