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Address: Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2574
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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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Suwon, South Korea
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This "memorial" "library" is on a great little piece of land, but it feels like it embodies so little of the man it was named after, aside from photos and memorabilia, albeit interesting stuff at that. The employee's sense of superiority was palpable, we simply being too ignorant, too everyday, to understand Miller's greatness. Stop by for a look, but,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We were so disappointed by our visit to this Memorial Library , or so called, attraction. Parking is poor, it is just a room full of books for sale, by interesting authors but it is NOT a memorial library. There are gen Ys all over the place being cool, the building and property is poorly looked after and really, a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This library is just so unexpected here. Stop to look around and learn more about Miller and his life outside of Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I loved it. It's small and quirky so for some people it won't be their bag, but if it is, you'll like it a lot.

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

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 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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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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