Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel

Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel

Harrison Memorial Library is a public library located on Ocean Avenue in Carmel. The library is in a historic building designed by architect Bernard Maybeck in 1928. It was financed by Ella Reid Harrison in honor of her husband, California Supreme Court Justice Ralph Chandler Harrison.

The library is unique in that it does not rely on public funding for materials or programs. Private gifts, including a society called the Friends of the Harrison Memorial Library, provide funding that pays for books and supplies.

Visitors to the library can appreciate the architecture of the building, which represents Maybeck's signature Arts and Crafts style. They can also rest on one of the benches outside of the library, which have ample shade and easy access to some of the city's best local eateries and upscale retail attractions.

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Sight Name: Harrison Memorial Library
Sight Location: Carmel, USA (See walking tours in Carmel)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Carmel, California

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Create Your Own Walk in Carmel

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Wine Tasting Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Carmel Introduction Walking Tour

Carmel Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Historical Buildings Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles