The Del Mar Library

1309 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
858 755 1666

Library Hours

Monday Closed    

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Board Officers

Pat Freeman, President
Anne Benckendorff, Secretary  
Bill Michalsky, Treasurer 

Board Members

Barbara Anderson  
Kathy Finnell                                                           
Mary Murrell
Marion Perlman
Randall Stoke

Library Staff

Polly Cipparrone, Librarian
Patricia Selkowitz, Assistant Branch Manager

From Church to Library

The library was originally built as St. James Catholic Church in 1914, then over the years passed through a series of ownerships and uses including two restaurants, an arts school, and an office building. In the 1930s, the church was well attended by several Hollywood

Movie stars who had taken up residence in Del Mar and vicinity: Bing Crosby and Pat O'Brien (who were church ushers), Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. After Sunday services, Bing, Pat, the priest and other members of the congregation would gather at La Tienda across the street.

In 1996, with the generous help of donations from local residents, the City bought the building and converted it into a library.

A retaining wall along the front of the library is beautifully decorated with a mosaic mural of mixed materials, designed by Del Mar artist and garden expert, Pat Welsh. Above the wall, a pillar-like lIhstract sculpture is by well-known local artist James Hubbell.

Some New Features for an Old Friend

Peak performance from the architect

Take a peek at photo to the right. Or rather add a peak.  So cleverly did the architect Joe Nelle design the new community room that it is difficult to distinguish it from the rest of the building erected as St. Peter’s Catholic Church in 1914 and converted to a library in 1986.

The peak on the far right covers the 580 square-foot addition that will be dedicated April 16. Years in wishing and planning, the room was made possible through $200,000 in county funds, obtained by Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, and $50,000 from Friends of the Del Mar Library. The city of Del Mar, which owns the building, waived fees and the Del Mar Farmers’ Market contributed $7,000 for furnishings -- 14 Herman Miller chairs, five tables and cushions for the storage benches.

All of the contributing organizations will be represented at the dedication ceremony which will begin at 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Librarian Gretchen Schmidt said the community room would be used for such activities as children’s and adult programs, author talks, book clubs and other meetings. It also will provide study space and electrical outlets for laptop computers.     

Library will get a new roof

Thanks to some inspired scrambling, Del Mar Library is about to get a new roof.
With $80,000 already set aside, the City Council had planned to conform to its municipal code and replace the present shake roof by 2013.

By taking advantage of community room construction already underway, city officials were told they could save money by re-roofing now.

“It’s an important project for fire safety and it is the right thing to do,” City Manager Karen Brust told council members.
So the treasure hunt began. Supervisor Pam Slater-Price kicked in $25,000 and got the county to waive $8,100 in project management costs. The city scraped up $35,000 from its capital reserves and the Del Mar Farmers’ Market donated $10,000.

“We’re happy to help,” said Jacqueline Winterer, treasurer and former president.

The City Council unanimously approved the project and its cost of almost $160,000, including fees. Construction is imminent and will take about a month. 


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