Exactly 100 years ago, in 1910, the city founders took over the operation of a reading room run by the Women’s Club – christening it the Hemet Library. And three years later, in 1913, Andrew Carnegie, the “patron saint of libraries” donated $7500 for the construction of a public building for the Hemet Library, with the City of Hemet putting up the balance for construction. That building served the community until 1969, when it was torn down. The C. B. Covell Memorial Library Building was constructed on the same lot in 1971, and it served the community for over thirty years.
In 2003 the City of Hemet dedicated a new building as the Hemet Library. Located at 300 E. Latham Ave, Hemet, CA 92543, the library is 52,000 square feet, and is open Wednesday through Saturday.