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Montana Avenue Library

Montana Avenue Branch

1704 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-458-8682
Branch Manager: Shana Sojoyner

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 3M, and Crosstown Ride.

Parking

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

February 2015

Feb 27 3:30pm
Family Board Games
Feb 28 2:00pm
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 2015

Mar 2 11:15am
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Mar 2 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 3 7:00pm
College Scholarship Resources
Mar 4 10:15am
Baby Story Time 1
Mar 4 11:15am
Baby Story Time 2
Mar 4 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 4 6:00pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Mar 5 10:15am
Toddler Time 1
Mar 5 11:15am
Toddler Time 2
Mar 7 11:30am
VITA - Tax Preparation Assistance
Mar 9 11:15am
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Mar 9 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 10 7:00pm
Laughter Yoga
Mar 11 10:15am
Baby Story Time 1
Mar 11 11:15am
Baby Story Time 2
Mar 11 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 11 7:00pm
Montana Mystery Book Group: Deal Breaker
Mar 12 10:15am
Toddler Time 1
Mar 12 11:15am
Toddler Time 2
Mar 12 7:00pm
Women in Sports Screening: Venus Vs.
Mar 13 3:30pm
Friday Fun: Paper Flowers
Mar 16 11:15am
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Mar 16 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 18 10:15am
Baby Story Time 1
Mar 18 11:15am
Baby Story Time 2
Mar 18 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 18 6:00pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Mar 18 7:00pm
Montana Branch Book Group: The Graves Are Walking
Mar 19 10:15am
Toddler Time 1
Mar 19 11:15am
Toddler Time 2
Mar 19 7:00pm
Women in Sports Screening: Let Them Wear Towels
Mar 21 1:00pm
Early Literacy Tablet Petting Zoo
Mar 21 3:00pm
Lego Club
Mar 23 11:15am
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Mar 23 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 25 10:15am
Baby Story Time 1
Mar 25 11:15am
Baby Story Time 2
Mar 25 3:30pm
Study Zone @ Montana
Mar 26 10:15am
Toddler Time 1
Mar 26 11:15am
Toddler Time 2
Mar 26 7:00pm
Women in Sports Screening: The 99ers
Mar 28 2:00pm
Social Security Workshop
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