Santa Monica Public Library Santa Monica Library Homepage

Main Library

Main Library SMB Entrance 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
Monday: 10am to 9 pm
Tuesday: 10am to 9 pm
Wednesday: 10am to 9 pm
Thursday: 10am to 9 pm
Friday: 10am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am to 5:30 pm

   Virtual tours of Main Library

Getting There

The Main Library is located at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and 6th Street.

View Main Library in a larger map

By Freeway. Take the I-10 freeway to the Lincoln Blvd exit.  Turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. and proceed .4 miles to Santa Monica Blvd where you will turn left.  The Library will be one block ahead on the right.

By Bus. The Main Library is directly served by the Big Blue Bus lines 7 and 10. Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance.


Subterranean Garage. An underground parking structure can be accessed from 7th Street between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave.  The structure has 525 parking spaces on three levels and is open from 8am to 11pm daily. Real-time parking space availability for the structure can be viewed on the City's Transportation Division website. Click on "Santa Monica Public Library." The first thirty minutes are free. Rates are $1 per hour for the first two hours and thirty minutes. After that, the rate is $1 per thirty minutes. Weekdays the daily maximum is $10. Weekends the daily maximum is $5. Parking on level P1 is restricted to stays of three hours or less. Parking spaces for those displaying disabled placards or plates are on P1. Visitors parking for three hours or longer should park on levels P2 or P3.  The Library does not provide validation for parking. 

Street-level parking lot. A limited number of metered one-hour parking spaces are available.  Entry to the lot is from 7th Street.

Bike Racks.  Cyclists can secure their bikes at one of several bike racks installed along the north side of the building.

Returning Materials

Main Library - Exterior Materials Return - Exterior return slots are located at the side of the building on 6th street. This return is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accepts books, magazines and audiovisual materials. A drive-up return bin is also available on the P1 level of the underground parking structure from 8:00am-11:00pm, 7 days a week - please note that garage parking is free for the first 30 minutes; after that, parking fees will be assessed. 

Overview of Services and Collections

Programs.  The Main Library offers an extensive range of free public programs for all ages and interests. Highlights include Summer Reading Clubs, Santa Monica Reads, film screenings, live music concerts, author talks and book signings.

Computer Classes.  Free instructional classes on using the Internet and the Library's electronic resources are held in the Computer Training Room.

Collections.  In addition to a wide array of books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, music CDs, and audio books, the Main Library features a rich World Languages collection and the Santa Monica History Collection.

Meeting Room Rentals.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Multipurpose Room and Community Room are available for rent for community sponsored meetings and programs.

Internet Computers.  The Main Library is equipped with 70 public access Internet stations in the second floor Computer Commons.

Public Art.  The Main Library is proud to display the following works: "Underwater Canopy: (2006) by Carl Cheng (American, 1942-); a cultural monument: "Martin Luther King, Jr." by Rojo with concept development and fabrication by Jeff Sanders and "Mural for the Santa Monica Public Library" (1934-35) by Stanton Macdonald-Wright (American, 1890-1973) -- on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Wi-Fi. The facility is equipped with free City Wi-Fi..

Photocopiers and printers. Color and black-and-white printing and photocopying are available.

Donations.  The library gratefully accepts donations. Materials not added to the Library's collection are given to the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library for sale in the Friends Book Store.  Please review the Library's Gifts and Donations policy for further information.

Dining.  The Bookmark Cafe is located in the central courtyard and features salads, sandwiches, wraps, breakfast items, soft drinks, smoothies, teas and coffees.

Tours. Docent led tours are offered the third Friday of each month at 12:30 pm. Meet in the lobby area near Customer Services.

Upcoming Programs
& Events

April 2014

Apr 17 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1 at Main
Apr 17 11:00am
Toddler Time Session 2 at Main
Apr 17 3:30pm
Family Gaming at Main
Apr 17 7:00pm
The Big Read: Gustavo Arellano Author Talk
Apr 18 12:30pm
Main Library Docent Tours
Apr 18 4:00pm
Google Drive
Apr 19 12:30pm
The Big Read/Latin Experience Film Series: The Magnificent Seven
Apr 21 3:00pm
The Big Read: Conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea
Apr 21 5:30pm
'Racy Reads' Teen Book Group at Main
Apr 22 7:00pm
Green Living Workshop
Apr 23 6:00pm
Excel III (MS Office 2010)
Apr 23 6:30pm
Pajama Story Time at Main
Apr 23 7:00pm
Shakespeare 450th Birthday Screening: Much Ado About Nothing (2013)
Apr 24 4:00pm
Food Fan Club at Main
Apr 26 11:00am
Singin' Green
Apr 26 11:00am
The Big Read Book Discussion: Into the Beautiful North
Apr 26 1:00pm
The Big Read: Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile @ SMPL
Apr 26 3:00pm
The Big Read: An Afternoon with Ruben Martinez and Friends
Apr 28 1:30pm
More Internet Searching
Apr 29 4:00pm
Online Photo Editing
Apr 29 7:00pm
The Big Read: In Discussion: Latino Literature and Into the Beautiful North
Apr 29 7:00pm
Green Living Workshop
Apr 30 7:00pm
It's Not Too Early to Dream: Planning for College Early

May 2014

May 1 7:00pm
Santa Monica Farmers Market Panel Series: Savoring the Fruits of Your Labor
May 3 1:00pm
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things with Cy Tymony
May 3 3:00pm
The Big Read: Inocente Documentary Screening & Discussion
May 6 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1at Main
May 6 11:00am
Baby Time Session 2 at Main
May 6 7:00pm
Green Living Workshop
May 7 11:15am
Preschool Story Time at Main
May 8 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1 at Main
May 8 11:00am
Toddler Time Session 2 at Main
May 10 12:00pm
SHARE Santa Monica Workshop
May 13 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1at Main
May 13 11:00am
Baby Time Session 2 at Main
May 13 7:00pm
Green Living Workshop
May 14 11:15am
Preschool Story Time at Main
May 15 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1 at Main
May 15 11:00am
Toddler Time Session 2 at Main
May 16 12:30pm
Main Library Docent Tours
Santa Monica Public Library © 2013 • 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 • 310-458-8600
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Accessibility Policy | Contact Us