The Santa Monica Public Library offers a host of resources available to seniors and their families and friends.
The two digital documents below are complementary and are designed to assist families and older adults in finding resources for successful and healthy aging. The Emeritus College Senior Resource Directory lists agencies by service categories and alphabetically by local agency name. The Community Connections for Older Adults: A Quick Reference Guide is organized by the type of need an older adult has and agencies that can help. Click on the links below for PDF format copies of each resource.
Emeritus CollegeSenior Resource Directory
Community Connectionsfor Older Adults:A Quick Reference Guide
Those interested in volunteering with the Library have a number of opportunities available to them, including: Library Guides, Shut-In Service Volunteers, Santa Monica Citywide Reads Discussion Facilitators, and more. To express interest, visit our Volunteer at the Library webpage.
Since 1973, the Santa Monica Public Library has provided services to those who find themselves confined at home or in health care or retirement facilities. Any Santa Monican who has difficulty coming to the Library or carrying books because of age, illness, temporary (6 months or more) or permanent disability can be served. All materials that can be borrowed by walk-in patrons can be checked out for our homebound Library users as well. Homebound patrons do not need a library card to receive this free service. Once homebound patrons sign up, a Shut-In Service Volunteer will be assigned to them, and this volunteer will select materials that meet an individual's interests and deliver them to that patron.
To sign up, please call 310-458-8646. To express interest in becoming a volunteer with the Shut-In Service, click the link above in Volunteer Opportunities. You can also contact us via email at Shut.In@smgov.net.
The Library offers a range of assistive devices to promote universal access to its collections and services. Visit our Accessibility Services page for more information.
For those who have difficulty reading the small type typical of most printed materials, the Library provides books in a variety of formats designed to increase accessibility to the collection. Among these is the Library's large print collection, which is available at the Main Library and branch libraries. Large print books are typically printed in 16-point font vs. the 12-point font typical of regular hardback books (and smaller for paperback), and the availability of current titles continues to increase as the format's popularity continues to increase. Those who prefer to listen to a book may also enjoy the Library's collections of audiobooks, which are available at Main Library and branch libraries, and downloadable audiobooks, which are available through the Library's website. Also now increasing in popularity are eBooks, an electronic book format that can be read on computer screens and eReaders and other portable devices. In many cases, the font sizes of these eBooks can be increased for easier readability. Like downloadable audiobooks, eBooks are available through the Library's website.
Many books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs and reference materials of particular interest to seniors are available from the Library. Subjects include health and nutrition, estate planning, retirement, finance, jobs, travel, arts and literature, classical and popular music, and consumer information. To access the Library's catalog, click here. Patrons may also find Library materials during regular Library hours by calling Telephone Reference at 310-434-2608.
The Library offers a wide range of programs of interest to adults, from author talks and book discussions, to workshops, concerts and theatrical performances, computer classes and much more. Visit the Library's webpage for The Living Room for an upcoming list of programs of interest to the adult and 50+ communities, and for a full listing of Library events, click here for the full Calendar of Events.
The Ken Edwards Center Reading collection is a collaborative project of the Santa Monica Public Library and the Ken Edwards Center, a public facility owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica. Approximately 200 books, including popular fiction and new nonfiction titles are available.
The Ken Edwards Center is located at 1527 Fourth Street. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and every other Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Main Library's Reference Services provides an extensive range of specialized directories and referral information about agencies, services, education and other subjects of interst to senior citizens. To see those resources yourself, visit the Library's Research web page, or during regular Library hours call Telephone Reference at 310-434-2608.