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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

October 2014

Oct 25 12:00pm
The Big Draw LA @ Fairview
Oct 25 3:30pm
Fairview Knitters
Oct 27 12:00pm
Oct 27 3:30pm
Homework Help
Oct 27 6:00pm
Learn to Knit
Oct 28 12:00pm
Oct 29 3:30pm
Homework Help
Oct 29 6:00pm
Medicare 101
Oct 30 1:00pm
What's New This Week?

November 2014

Nov 1 11:00am
Day of the Dead Face Painting
Nov 1 3:00pm
Nov 3 12:00pm
Nov 3 3:30pm
Homework Help
Nov 3 4:00pm
Nov 3 6:00pm
Writing Winning College Essays: What Parents and Students Need to Know
Nov 4 10:00am
Baby Time
Nov 4 10:45am
Cuentos para pequenos / Spanish Story Time
Nov 4 12:00pm
Nov 5 10:00am
Toddler Time
Nov 5 10:45am
Preschool Story Time
Nov 5 3:30pm
Homework Help
Nov 6 1:00pm
What's New This Week?
Nov 6 6:30pm
Movie: Road to Morocco
Nov 8 10:00am
Reading Mentors
Nov 8 11:00am
Literature Book Group
Nov 8 3:30pm
Fairview Knitters
Nov 10 12:00pm
Nov 10 3:30pm
Homework Help
Nov 10 6:00pm
Learn to Knit
Nov 10 6:00pm
Learn to Knit
Nov 12 10:00am
Toddler Time
Nov 12 10:45am
Preschool Story Time
Nov 12 3:30pm
Homework Help
Nov 12 7:00pm
SCBWI Westside Writers Schmooze
Nov 13 1:00pm
What's New This Week?
Nov 13 6:30pm
Finding Affordable Health Insurance Through Covered California
Nov 15 10:00am
Reading Mentors
Nov 17 12:00pm
Nov 17 3:30pm
Homework Help
Nov 18 10:00am
Baby Time
Nov 18 10:45am
Cuentos para pequenos / Spanish Story Time
Nov 18 12:00pm
Nov 18 7:00pm
Mindful Meditation
Nov 19 10:00am
Toddler Time
Nov 19 10:45am
Preschool Story Time
Nov 19 3:30pm
Homework Help
Nov 19 6:30pm
POSTPONED: Ready, Set, Kindergarten! POSTPONED
Nov 20 1:00pm
What's New This Week?
Nov 22 10:00am
Reading Mentors
Nov 22 3:30pm
Fairview Knitters
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