Henry Miller Memorial Library

Big Sur, California
"Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood."

Welcome to The Henry Miller Memorial Library, a 501 (c) 3 Non Profit Arts Organization (where nothing happens)…

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is an arts center championing the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller.

FacebookButtonWe’re open year-round, 7-days a week from 11 am to 6 pm.  We are located in Big Sur, 35 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea on Highway One; 1/4 mile south of Nepenthe restaurant.  Call us at 831-667-2574.

Come on in for a visit, make yourself a cup of coffee, browse our books, and hang out with Theo the cat on our deck.  After all, youʼre stumbled upon the Henry Miller Memorial Library, the place “where nothing happens.” Lucky you!

A Very Brief History of the Library

Miller’s best friend Emil White lived in the house that is now the Library beginning in mid-1960s.  White officially named it the Henry Miller Memorial Library when Henry died in 1980. When Emil passed away in 1989, he dedicated the property to become a non-profit organization.

Our Mission Statement

“The Henry Miller Library is a public benefit, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller.  The Library also serves as a cultural resource center, functioning as a public gallery/performance/workshop space for artists, writers, musicians and students.

In addition, the Library supports education in the arts and the local environment. Finally, the Library serves as a social center for the community.”

For a more robust history of the Library, check out this great piece by Laura Bliss.

Fleet Foxes, 2011

The “Beating Cultural Heart of Big Sur” (according to CNN)

The Library hosts events throughout the summer months (May-October), including fashion shows, theater, open mics, lectures, book signings, art shows, and and countless community events including the Big Big Big Sur Fashion Show, Esalen Gazebo School benefit, Big Sur Sound and Story audio series, our Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series, and of course, so much more!  With a capacity of 300 and nestled in a towering redwood grove, it is also one of the most unique live music venues in the world.

Perhaps this is why the CNN called the Library the “beating cultural heart of Big Sur.”

But Didn’t Miller Disapprove of Memorials?

Correct.  Memorials, he said, “defeated the purpose of a man’s life. Only by living your own life to the full can you honor the memory of someone.”

So, is this place a memorial trying not to be a memorial? Maybe. The best way to find out is to come here, browse, look at what’s on the walls, listen to the music, have a cup of coffee or tea, sit down by the fire, read for a while, do nothing…”  Check out our schedule to see what’s in store for this summer and sign up for our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you soon!