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Montana Avenue Library

Montana Avenue Branch

1704 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Branch Manager: Terrie Dorio

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: Noon to 9 pm
Tuesday: Noon to 9 pm
Wednesday: Noon to 9 pm
Thursday: Noon to 9 pm
Friday: Noon to 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10am to 5:30 pm

Getting There

The Montana Avenue Branch Library is located at the corner of Montana Ave. and 17th Street.

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By Freeway. Take the I-10 freeway to the Cloverfield Blvd. exit.  Take Cloverfield Blvd. north, then turn left on Olympic Blvd. Turn right on 17th Street, and proceed 1.2 miles to Montana Avenue.

By Bus.The Montana Branch Library is served by the Big Blue Bus line 3, and Crosstown Ride.


Limited metered parking is available behind the Branch.

Bike Racks.  Cyclists can secure their bikes at the bike rack located east of the main entrance along the Montana Avenue sidewalk.

Returning Materials

Montana – Exterior Materials Returns – Two returns are located on Montana Avenue on the sidewalk near the Library entrance. Another exterior return is located at the entrance to the surface parking lot located off 17th Street. These returns are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accept books, magazines and audiovisual materials. Please do not drop donations into these returns. All donations should be brought to the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Overview of Services and Collections

Children. The Montana Avenue Branch offers storytimes and craft programs, book club gatherings, class visits and much more.

Teens. Take advantage of our Talk About It book group, crafts, food preparation programs, and community volunteer opportunities (8th grade and up).

Adults. The Montana Avenue Branch Mystery Book Group  meets the second Wednesday of the month, and the Montana Avenue Branch Book Group  meets the third Wednesday of the month. Join us for monthly afternoon films and other programs.

Community Room. A 52-person capacity meeting room is available for rent for meetings or programs that are free and open to the public.

Collections. Explore a wide array of popular books, magazines, DVDs, Music CDs, and books on CD for both children and adults.

Computers. The Montana Avenue Branch Library is equipped with 8 public access Internet stations.

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

Photocopiers and printers. Black-and-white printing and photocopying, as well as color photocopying are available.

Branch History

The Montana Avenue Branch Library opened as a storefront library in February 1952 in a rented building at 1528-30 Montana Avenue. After seven years, the thriving Branch was in need of more space so a new facility was constructed at its current location. Designed by Weldon Fulton, architect of the Fairview Branch, the Montana Branch opened to much fanfare on March 1, 1960. In 2002, the Branch underwent major renovations, including the addition of a community room, as part of a system-wide upgrade of the branch libraries funded in part by a bond issue passed by Santa Monica voters. The Montana Branch benefitted from an interior improvements project in 2012. The current building size is 7,517 square feet.

Upcoming Programs
& Events

September 2014

Sep 17 10:15am
Baby Storytime I (0-17 months)
Sep 17 11:15am
Baby Storytime II (0-17 months)
Sep 17 1:00pm
Playwriting Workshop
Sep 17 6:00pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Sep 17 7:00pm
Montana Avenue Branch Book Group: An Officer and a Spy
Sep 18 10:15am
Toddler Time I (Ages 18 - 35 months)
Sep 18 11:15am
Toddler Time II (Ages 18 - 35 months)
Sep 20 3:00pm
Lego Club
Sep 22 11:15am
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Sep 24 10:15am
Baby Storytime I (0-17 months)
Sep 24 11:15am
Baby Storytime II (0-17 months)
Sep 24 1:00pm
Playwriting Workshop
Sep 25 10:15am
Toddler Time I (Ages 18 - 35 months)
Sep 25 11:15am
Toddler Time II (Ages 18 - 35 months)
Sep 25 7:00pm
Why You Aren't Happy and What to Do About It
Sep 29 11:15am
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)

October 2014

Oct 1 10:15am
Baby Storytime I (0-17 months)
Oct 1 11:15am
Baby Storytime II (0-17 months)
Oct 1 1:00pm
Playwriting Workshop
Oct 1 6:00pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Oct 2 10:15am
Toddler Time I (Ages 18 - 35 months)
Oct 2 11:15am
Toddler Time II (Ages 18 - 35 months)
Oct 4 2:00pm
The Big Draw LA @ Montana
Oct 6 3:00pm
Parenting Program: Easy-to-say First Words
Oct 7 3:30pm
Crafternoon Meetup
Oct 8 1:00pm
Playwriting Workshop
Oct 8 7:00pm
Mystery Book Group: An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
Oct 9 11:15am
Toddler Time II (Ages 18 - 35 months)
Oct 9 2:00pm
Classic Film & Discussion Series: Arsenic and Old Lace
Oct 14 3:00pm
Preschool Club - Pumpkins
Oct 14 7:00pm
Laughter Yoga
Oct 15 6:00pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Oct 15 7:00pm
Montana Branch Book Group: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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