Members have access to all library materials regardless of age or other factors. Parents are responsible for determining the suitability of selections for minors; see the Library Information for Parents Handout (version en español) for more information.
Members may check out up to 50 total items, subject to the limits outlined below.
Materials may be renewed twice if there is no outstanding hold request. Members have several options for renewing materials:
Please contact staff during open hours should you need assistance. Electronic items and Interlibrary Loan items generally are not eligible for renewal.
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; therefore it is their responsibility to properly care for the materials checked out to them. Proper care of books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs begins in the library and extends to home and car use. 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.
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:
To use a Self-Checkout Station: scan your library card, enter your PIN, acknowledge the account information, 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.
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: email@example.com .