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Fairview Library

Fairview Front 320px 2101 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Branch Manager: Erica Cuyugan
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 Fairview Branch Library is located at the corner of Ocean Park Blvd. and 21st Street.

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By Freeway. Take the I-10 freeway to the Cloverfield Blvd. exit.  Take Cloverfield Blvd. south for 0.8 miles and then turn right on Ocean Park Blvd.

By Bus. The Fairview Branch Library is served by the Big Blue Bus line 8, Sunset Ride and Crosstown Ride.


Limited metered parking is available behind the Branch off 21st Street. Residential parking permits are in effect on the side streets north of Ocean Park Blvd. Monday thru Friday.

Bike Racks.  Cyclists can secure their bikes at the bike rack adjacent to and east of the main entrance facing Ocean Park Blvd. 

Returning Materials

Fairview – Exterior Materials Returns  Two returns are located on Ocean Park Boulevard on the sidewalk near the Library entrance. 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 Fairview Branch offers storytimes and craft programs, book club gatherings, class visits and much more.

Teens. Take advantage of our Youth Technology Center, after-school homework help, and community volunteer opportunities (8th grade and up).

Adults. Enjoy our weekly current events discussion, writing workshop, and bridge programs, as well as our Book Group which meets the second Saturday of the month.

En Espanol. Ofrecemos cuentos para los ninos, libros y audiolibros en espanol, y clases de computacion.

Community Room.A 67-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 Fairview Branch Library is equipped with 8 public access Internet stations.

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

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

Branch History 

The first Fairview Branch was opened in 1931 on 20th Street  and was only 15 feet wide.  In 1942, this store front library was replaced by a new building located at 2030 Pico Boulevard.

In 1956, the Fairview Branch Library moved to its present location.  During the war years, the population of the southeastern area of Santa Monica had grown dramatically due to the defense industry boom at Douglas Aircraft.  The influx remained in Santa Monica following the war's end and the return of servicemen and women eager to start families.

Designed by architect Weldon Fulton, it is a classic mid-century modern building.  The original furnishings came from Eames, Knoll Associates, and Remington Rand.

A community room was added in 1978 and other facility improvements were made in 2002. The current building size is 7,735 square feet.

Upcoming Programs
& Events

July 2014

Jul 22 9:45am
Baby Time
Jul 22 10:30am
Cuentos para pequenos / Spanish Story Time
Jul 22 12:00pm
Jul 22 6:00pm
Photo-Journaling Workshop
Jul 23 10:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 23 11:00am
Preschool Story Time
Jul 24 1:00pm
What's New This Week?
Jul 26 3:30pm
Fairview Knitters
Jul 28 12:00pm
Jul 28 3:00pm
Summer Reading Performance: The Emperor and the Nightingale Puppet Show
Jul 28 5:00pm
Learn to Knit
Jul 29 9:45am
Baby Time
Jul 29 10:30am
Cuentos para pequenos / Spanish Story Time
Jul 29 12:00pm
Jul 30 10:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 30 11:00am
Preschool Story Time
Jul 31 1:00pm
What's New This Week?
Jul 31 4:30pm
Make a Robot - Scribble Bots

August 2014

Aug 2 3:00pm
Aug 4 12:00pm
Aug 4 3:00pm
Summer Reading Performance: Rhythm Child
Aug 4 5:00pm
Learn to Knit
Aug 5 9:45am
Baby Time
Aug 5 10:30am
Cuentos para pequenos / Spanish Story Time
Aug 5 12:00pm
Aug 6 10:15am
Toddler Time
Aug 6 11:00am
Preschool Story Time
Aug 6 6:30pm
Literary Elements Movie Screening: In Secret
Aug 7 1:00pm
What's New This Week?
Aug 9 11:00am
Literature Book Group
Aug 9 3:30pm
Fairview Knitters
Aug 11 1:00pm
Aug 11 5:00pm
Learn to Knit
Aug 12 9:45am
Baby Time
Aug 12 10:30am
Cuentos para pequenos / Spanish Story Time
Aug 12 12:00pm
Aug 12 7:00pm
Mindful Meditation
Aug 13 10:15am
Toddler Time
Aug 13 11:00am
Preschool Story Time
Aug 13 6:30pm
Story Collage Workshop
Aug 14 1:00pm
What's New This Week?
Aug 15 2:30pm
Friday Family Movie: The Lego Movie
Aug 18 1:00pm
Aug 18 5:00pm
Learn to Knit
Aug 19 12:00pm
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