Henry Miller Memorial Library

Big Sur, California
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The Library is now fully booked for 2015.

We are taking reservations for 2016…so please…read on.

We often use the Library for weddings, concerts, parties, etc.  This place is beautiful, it has a spirit all its own. Walking in for the first time, you easily feel transported, away from where you came and into, what many have said is, the “jewel” of the coast. For some pictures click here.

We’ve had parties ranging from 100 down to small parties of 5 – 10 people. We’ve had parties with several bands, grand piano, string quartet, movies, flower walks, herbal walks, sit down dinner, open bar, lights etc.  Your imagination is the only limitation as far as what you can do here.

The below applies to 2016 rentals

The 2016 rental fee is $4,000, with a $1,500 non-refundable deposit with a balance no later than three weeks prior to the event.  100 person limit.  This fee gets you the following:

*  Full-access to professional sound system including sound person

*  1 on-site Library staffer

*  24-hour access to site and store facilities (including dress rehearsal if the Library is not previously booked)

*  Two space heaters

*  An incredible redwood grove to act as your playground

*  Easy access for shuttle (by Big Sur standards) – We’re located right on Highway 1, with no treacherous mountain roads

*  10 minute drive to many local campgrounds and hotels.

So, where do you get started?

First, read the basics to learn about hours, video and audio gear, and other logistical details.  Then find a caterer, photographer, or another wedding professional from our list of friends.

If you like what you see, review the rates on our rental contact  which you can  download here: RENTAL CONTRACT

Any questions?  Call us at 831-667-2574.


The Basics


  • Dancing and amplified music (until 11 PM) is welcome. You can stay later but the volume needs to be lowered after 11. (on Sundays – Thursdays @ 10 PM).


  • Hours and Staffing: The Library will open 9 am for set-up. A minimum of one Library staff person will be available to help during the day. Prior to the event the Library grounds will get special attention. Two bathrooms are available.


  • Parking: Arranging a shuttle for your guests is a requirement.  A good shuttle service we’ve used is: Andrew’s Transportation Services, Andrew Nimora, 925-268-0901. Also check out: Maineventtransportation.com


  • Insurance: Proof of insurance ($1,000,000 liability) is required.  Please contact a qualified insurance company for the insurance. Use insurance company certificate of insurance form. The Henry Miller Memorial Library must be named as added insured. If alcohol is served at the event a liquor endorsement of $1,000,000.00 must also be added to the form. (You can add us to your Home Insurance or use a place like https://www.wedsafe.com).


  • The sound system will be yours to use – including CD player, microphones for speakers etc.  It’s a very high quality system and it’ll fill the space beautifully.


  • Movie or slideshow:  We can make it happen.  We have a large screen and a state of the art projector; the charge is $250.00 extra for that service. We highly recommend it!


  •  What about the weather?  We rarely have thick fog.  And we very rarely have windy conditions.


  •  Lodging – Plan ahead!  Make sure you get reservations in Hotels/Motels/Campgrounds well in advance: You don’t want your guests to have to drive to Monterey after your party! The State Park Lodge, the biggest, and I think most convenient, especially for families, place for your guests to stay, is about 4 miles north of here.

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List of Friends


Sea Stars Big Sur Catering

(831) 915-8477


Jaime Jarrard: info@seastarsbigsur.com

Specializing in full service wedding, party, and festival catering. Chef Jamie Jean Jarrard creates custom tailored menus inspired by Big Sur homestead grown and wild foraged ingredients. Sea Stars only uses organic and sustainable foods. All dishes are made completely from scratch. Wedding planning, design, and packages are available. Full or partial bar service can be arranged, with ideas for incredibly unique and interesting cocktails.


Grapes of Wrath

(831) 649-3445


Dana Carnazzo: grapes@grapesofwrath.com

Dana Carnazzo – full service caterer with experience throughout the Monterey Peninsula.  Will do anything from the informal to the most elegant.   “Listening between the lines we hear your likes and dislikes, visions and dreams. We can help you find the unique site that matches your dream and budget and work with you to design a menu, incorporating award winning cuisine and our great local offerings from the sea and the field. ”



A Big Sur Affair Catering

(831) 667-1050


Cheri Gladstone: info@abigsuraffair.com

Full service catering and event planning in beautiful Big Sur and the greater Monterey Peninsula. Innovative California cuisine specializing in the freshest seasonal ingredients and organic foods artistically presented by the most professional staff. Services include site selection, flowers, transportation, entertainment, photography and videography.

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Live Music



Big Sur’s own: The Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us

A band known to have picked up a few songs just for you!

Please read more about them HERE!









The Demos

Contact: wallybarnick@gmail.com

Take some authentic country, add a dash of retro rhythm ‘n blues, blend in a pinch of tremolo-tinged surf. Then ask four seasoned musicians to make it sound good, and voila! you’re talking The Demos. Rarely does such a diverse range of music happen in one place at one time, but this group makes it all feel smooth and sound natural.



Photographs and other Service Professionals

Terry Way – an excellent photographer based in Santa Cruz.





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