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Address: Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2574
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Great place to stop and reflect and browse the books!

I have been along the US 1 many many times and never stopped here. I'm so glad I did this time and definitely will again. The bookshop is so well curated and a very interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
Lisa E
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

unfortunately we didn't make it there for one of their famous concerts, but we went on a semi busy day, but still found the bookstore and grounds to be contemplative and peaceful. i recommend this as a little pit stop on your way down the 1, you wont regret it

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Thank Katrina H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Came 30 minutes before closing time (6 pm) on a rainy evening and the place was almost empty. We had all the small, cozy library all to ourselves. It is almost impossible not to find interesting books (from the classics of the Beat Generation to more unique work). The outdoor space has something magical to it, I will never forget... More 

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Thank Federico P
Studio City, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Some in depth in site of the man, but missing the mark. He was a hedonist, sexist and creative genius. I don't think the library portrays this. The location is beautiful, art work-statues interesting but over all, some thing is lacking. Maybe we are too used to the Hollywood version.

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Thank banchewmn
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

I have been along the US 1 many many times and never stopped here. I'm so glad I did this time and definitely will again. The bookshop is so well curated and a very interesting place to browse. The environment is serene and lovely. They offer self serve coffee and tea honor bar, which was a welcome treat. This is... More 

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Thank Lisa E
Suwon, South Korea
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Will C
Brisbane, Australia
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71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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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Thank Sage2724
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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Thank Katoli
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 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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Thank Latham A
Huntington Beach, California
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Thank Rebekah V
PA & FLA
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191 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 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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