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Weddings are by far the most common reason for a private event. However we welcome any kind of private event: birthdays, bar mitzvah, quinceañera, your own film night, private concert, staff party, etc.

Call 831-667-2574 or e-mail.

Note! When renting the Library you are supporting a non-profit arts organization with deep roots in Big Sur since 1981.


Due to the outdoor nature of the HMML, we book weddings between April 20 and October 20 to be safe. We do make exceptions but at your own risk.

We are fully booked for rentals in 2024.
We are taking inquiries for 2025.
Please email

What We Offer

  • The Library will open 10 AM for set-up. A minimum of 1 on-site Library staff person will be available to help during the day, making sure everything is running smoothly.
  • An incredible redwood grove to act as your playground. Prior to the event the Library grounds will get special attention.
  • Two bathrooms are available and maintained throughout your rental.
  • Professional high quality sound system: speakers, microphones, etc..
    Dancing and amplified music (until 10 PM) is welcome. You can stay later but the volume needs to be lowered after 10 PM.
  • Slideshow or Movie: We can make it happen. We have a large screen and a state of the art projector; the charge is $300.00 extra for that service.
  • Easy access to shuttle: we’re located right on Highway 1 with no treacherous mountain roads. 10 minute drive to many local campgrounds and hotels.
  • What about the weather? We rarely have thick fog. And we very rarely have windy conditions. We do not allow tents on site.

Required By You

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 Wedsafe.

If you plan to use the canyon behind the Library please add the following language to your policy: Timothy Gill and Laura Wilkinson, owners of parcel # 420-191-010 adjacent to the Henry Miller Library are additionally insured.

Plan ahead everything you need yourself or with a little bit of help


Highly recommended if you plan a wedding with more than 50 guests. Our partner  bigsurdana


Required if you plan on having more than 80 guests.

Big Sur Magic Bus
Sula Nichols


Check out nearby hotels and campgrounds. And Carmel Mission InnCarmel River Inn 


Local Catering

Bartender Spirits & Nature.

Tables and chairs rent A to Z Party Rentals in nearby Seaside.

Live Music