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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

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

Getting There

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

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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.

Upcoming Programs
& Events

October 2015

Oct 10 11:00am
Star Wars Reads Day at Main
Oct 10 2:00pm
Comic Jam! - Put Yourself in the Frame
Oct 12 3:30pm
Email Basics
Oct 13 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1 at Main
Oct 13 11:00am
Baby Time Session 2 at Main
Oct 13 6:00pm
PowerPoint I (MS Office 2010)
Oct 14 11:15am
Preschool Story Time at Main
Oct 14 3:30pm
Computer Basics: Beyond the Mouse
Oct 14 6:00pm
Excel I (MS Office 2010)
Oct 15 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1 at Main
Oct 15 11:00am
Toddler Time Session 2 at Main
Oct 15 3:30pm
LEGO Block Party at Main
Oct 15 7:00pm
Margaret Stohl and the Women of Marvel present Black Widow: Forever Red
Oct 16 10:30am
Write Your Life's Journey: a Three-Part Writing Workshop
Oct 16 12:30pm
Main Library Docent Tours
Oct 17 2:00pm
Folk Songs For Families with Sandii Castleberry at Main
Oct 19 4:00pm
Teen Advisory Council at Main
Oct 19 7:00pm
Main Library Book Group
Oct 20 6:30pm
Movie Screening: Spy (2015)
Oct 20 7:00pm
Proactive Parenting for College Prep
Oct 21 6:00pm
Excel II (MS Office 2010)
Oct 22 3:45pm
Not Norman, a Goldfish Story: A "Read For The Record" Event at Main
Oct 23 10:30am
Write Your Life's Journey: a Three-Part Writing Workshop
Oct 24 11:00am
Harvest Festival! at Main
Oct 24 11:30am
One-on-One College Essay Workshop
Oct 28 3:45pm
Drawing to Music at Main
Oct 29 7:00pm
Mythology of the Werewolf with Mari Hamill
Oct 29 7:00pm
Think Like A College Admissions Officer
Oct 30 10:30am
Write Your Life's Journey: a Three-Part Writing Workshop

November 2015

Nov 2 4:00pm
Teen Advisory Council at Main
Nov 3 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1 at Main
Nov 3 11:00am
Baby Time Session 2 at Main
Nov 3 6:30pm
Movie Screening: The Age of Adaline (2015)
Nov 4 11:15am
Preschool Story Time at Main
Nov 4 6:30pm
Pajama Story Time at Main
Nov 4 7:00pm
The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: Amelia Saltsman in conversation with Evan Kleiman
Nov 5 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1 at Main
Nov 5 11:00am
Toddler Time Session 2 at Main
Nov 5 7:00pm
Upward Spiral: an Author Event
Nov 5 7:00pm
Beyond the Books: Extracurriculars for College at Main
Nov 7 3:00pm
"A Window Into My World" Teen Photgraphy and Creative Writing Workshop at Main
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