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Henry Miller Memorial Library

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Address: Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2574
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Quirky but interesting

Henry Miller Library is worth a visit just to recognize what Big Sur was like in the 50s and 60s. It is a funny little place with a lovely book store and not much else but, given... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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New York City, New York

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

It's a teeny little book shop with books and money strung from the ceiling. It's interesting to see but I don't know if it's worth the stop.

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PA & FLA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

So, the moral of the story is, if you are coming to Big Sur and this is something very important to you and your agenda, you may wish to call in advance and check it out! A local told me that they "do this" sometimes!!

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Newberg, Oregon, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We had heard great reviews about the library, but unfortunately, our experience didn't measure up. The library looked run down, like it hadn't been kept up in a while, and when we walked in we weren't welcomed. We wandered around for a few minutes peeking at the book selection (which despite the small size of the library, was really impressive.... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A step back in time but also very current, the library connects visitors to the cultural heritage of Big Sur but also to nature with the many redwood trees extending up the canyon. There are wonderful film, music and literary events.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Henry Miller Library is worth a visit just to recognize what Big Sur was like in the 50s and 60s. It is a funny little place with a lovely book store and not much else but, given that the area has lost a bit of its connection to the low key and creative crowd that previously haunted it, is worth... More 

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Santa Barbara
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Very quaint bookstore. I loved the book selection - took time to mention so to buyer. Some wonderful authors and yet not necessarily their best-known books. I liked that touch. We bought a Graham Green and a Jonathan Franzen. Very much worth stopping by. Lovely setting.

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Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Always like the unexpected. Large old trees, quant house with lots of books and history. You can ask one of the guys that works there to share the story of the authors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

A heavenly oasis, serene, absolutely about peace and serenity. Sit and have a coffee, donations for coffee if you like. Sit and enjoy the library. It's a wonderful place of solitude.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Another incredible stop along the coast. My husband heard about this place and decided to take me on our way up the coast and I knew nothing about it but was so pleasantly surprised. It's a little hippie dwelling in the woods and relies on book sales and donations to survive. I made myself a cup of tea and wandered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Nice place for the vibe of the place over the decades and forms a kind of continuity between tourism and nature and all the reactions to Big Sur. That said, it was closed for a private birthday party with a bouncy castle...

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Additional Information about Henry Miller Memorial Library

Address: Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2574
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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