The Chews homeOur library was first established in 1938 and it was known as the Carmelo Library. In 1949 it relocated into the building between Grapevine Liquors and the former Bank of America building… a step up from its previous location in the living room of a home out in Cachagua. In 1958 the name changed to Carmel Valley Branch Library, signifying its identity among what are now sixteen branches in the Monterey County Free Libraries system. The new space offered seating for only five people and not many books, but it served us well enough until we moved into the Buckeye Building in February, 1980.

As the need for space became more urgent, Librarian Rickey Meehling’s suggestion to form a support group spurred fourteen patrons to form Friends of the Carmel Valley Library in March, 1979. The purpose of the group was… and still is… “to provide organized support for the extension and enhancement of library services for the benefit of the community of Carmel Valley.”

CVLib02141980You may remember that California’s Proposition 13 legislation was passed in November 1978. Its effects were a boon to taxpaying homeowners, but not to libraries that rely upon property taxes for their existence. Jacquine ‘Jacky’ Marks, one of the original directors of the Friends, recognized Prop 13 was a signal to settle a new lease quickly; she led the search that led to a manageable lease on the Buckeye Restaurant building in December 1979. Jacky’s search team assignment was “a building with wheelchair access, a public bathroom, lots of light and about 2,000 square feet of floor space. We’ll settle for 1,500 square feet. All we want, to get started, is a square building we can wheel a wheelchair into. Then we’ll get more books and more browsing room. We’re a good tenant, a steady income.”

The Friends group grew rapidly after moving into the new building. Community members donated in-kind services of labor and materials. A twice-monthly movie night at the library became popular. Thanks to continuing support over the ensuing years by Friends in the community, significant improvements have transformed our library’s original size and services into what you see today.

Hours / Location

Tuesday & Wednesday : 11 am – 7 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

65 West Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

(831) 659-2377

At the Library

Events on September 25, 2018
Knitting Club - Carmel Valley
Starts: 12:30 pm
Ends: September 25, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Description: A fun way to knit or crochet. Build your skills by learning and sharing with others. Volunteer-led club meets in the small conference room at Carmel Valley Branch. Snack refreshments okay to bring.
Events on September 27, 2018
Book Club - Carmel Valley
Starts: 2:30 pm
Ends: September 27, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Description: A fun way to talk about books! Volunteer-led book club meets every Thursday at 2:00pm. For more information you can call the branch at 659-2377 or email Eddy Hamelin at
Events on September 27, 2018
Robotic Engineering and Coding Camp
Starts: 3:00 pm
Ends: September 27, 2018 - 5:00 pm
Description: Learn robotics, engineering, and coding through a series of STEM-based activities using LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 system. This year-long program is designed for middle and high school students. Girls are strongly encouraged to apply to the program! For more information, including an required application packet, please call 831-659-2377 or visit the library and ask to talk to Eddy or Vanessa.
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