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  • BORROWING MATERIALS

    Your Santa Monica Public Library card entitles you to borrow materials from any of our five locations.  

    Loan Periods and Borrowing Limits 

    Members have access to all library materials regardless of age or other factors. Parents are responsible for determining the suitability of selections for minors.

    Members may check out up to 50 total items, subject to the limits outlined below.

     
    Item Type Item Limit Loan Period Renewals
    Most Items 50 4 weeks 2
    DVDs 25 1 week 2
    Music CDs 50 2 weeks 2
    Magazines 50 2 weeks 2
    Adult Audiobooks      25 4 weeks 2
    Adult New Books 25 2 weeks 2
    eBooks & Digital Media
    See eBooks & Digital Media 
    varies varies 0
    Interlibrary Loans none;
    charges apply
    2 weeks See Reference Staff

    Renewing Materials

    Materials may be renewed twice if there is no outstanding hold request. Members have several options for renewing materials:

    In-Person
    Staff at our Customer Service desks are happy to help you renew your items.
    SMPL Mobile App
    You can renew online through your mobile device using the SMPL Mobile app, your library card number and PIN. See Online Account for instructions.
    Online
    You can renew online through your Bibliocommons library account using your library card number and PIN. See Online Account for instructions.
    By Telephone
    You can renew by phone anytime at (310) 458-8704 using your 7-digit library card number and PIN. You can also call the Main Library during open hours at (310) 458-8614.

    Please contact staff during open hours should you need assistance. Electronic items and Interlibrary Loan items generally are not eligible for renewal.

    Caring for Library Materials

    Library materials are provided for the benefit of all users. To maximize these benefits, we ask that members treat all library materials with care. Members are accountable for lost or damaged materials. Problems with an item should be reported to library staff; members should not attempt to repair items themselves. Please refer to our Caring for Library Materials guide for more information. 

    Returning Materials 

    Members are responsible for returning materials prior to their due date. Santa Monica Public Library materials may be returned at any of our five locations during library open hours or in the exterior bins before midnight on the due date in order to avoid late fees.

    All library material types may be returned 24 hours per day at the following exterior returns: 

    Main Library
    Exterior returns are located at the side of the building on 6th Street. A drive-up return is also available on the P1 level of the underground parking structure (enter on 7th Street) - parking fees will not be assessed for vehicles that enter and exit the structure within thirty minutes.
    Fairview Branch
    Two exterior returns are located at the front of the building along Ocean Park Blvd.
    Montana Branch
    Exterior returns are located at the front of the building along Montana Ave and at the entrance to the surface parking lot on 17th Street.
    Ocean Park Branch
    Two exterior returns are located near the public building entrance along Norman Place.
    Pico Branch
    Two exterior returns are connected to the building, located to the right of the main entrance.

    Self-Checkout

    As an alternative to staff-assisted checkout, self-checkout stations are located at each library location. To use a Self-Checkout Station: scan your library card, enter your PIN, and follow the instructions on the touch screen. DVDs and CDs that are equipped with security cases can be unlocked at the Self-Checkout Stations once the items have been successfully checked out and the screen indicates that the cases can be removed. Be sure to follow the process to completion.

    Shut-In Services

    The library offers the shut-in service to Santa Monica residents who are homebound because of age or illness for a period of six months or longer. Volunteers select library materials to meet individual interests and deliver them to homebound clients. This service is free though there may be a waiting list. For information about the shut-in service, call (310) 458-8646, or send an e-mail to: shut.in@smgov.net .

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