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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

July 2015

Jul 6 11:15am
Preschool Storytime at Montana Ave.
Jul 6 2:30pm
Teen Craft: Duct Tape Pouch
Jul 6 6:30pm
Travel Tips & Tricks
Jul 8 10:15am
Baby Story Time 1 at Montana Ave.
Jul 8 11:15am
Baby Story Time 2 at Montana Ave.
Jul 8 2:30pm
Magic with Jay Leslie
Jul 8 7:00pm
Montana Mystery Book Group: Southland
Jul 9 10:15am
Toddler Time 1 at Montana Ave.
Jul 9 11:15am
Toddler Time 2 at Montana Ave.
Jul 9 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 10 2:30pm
Friday Fun! Make a Maraca
Jul 11 11:00am
Reducing Stress through Meditation
Jul 11 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 13 11:15am
Preschool Storytime at Montana Ave.
Jul 13 6:30pm
Travel Tips & Tricks
Jul 14 2:00pm
Coding for Kids
Jul 14 2:30pm
Coding for Kids
Jul 14 7:00pm
Laughter Yoga
Jul 15 10:15am
Baby Story Time 1 at Montana Ave.
Jul 15 11:15am
Baby Story Time 2 at Montana Ave.
Jul 15 2:30pm
"Listen to the Rhythm of the Deep Blue Sea" with Karen Rae Kraut
Jul 15 5:45pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Jul 15 7:00pm
Montana Branch Book Group: The Boys in the Boat
Jul 16 10:15am
Toddler Time 1 at Montana Ave.
Jul 16 11:15am
Toddler Time 2 at Montana Ave.
Jul 16 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 16 6:00pm
Adult Summer Reading Movie: Beaches
Jul 18 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 18 3:15pm
Lego Club
Jul 20 11:15am
Preschool Storytime at Montana Ave.
Jul 20 2:30pm
Redesign Your Concert T-Shirt
Jul 21 2:00pm
Musical Movies for the Family: Annie (2014)
Jul 22 10:15am
Baby Story Time 1 at Montana Ave.
Jul 22 11:15am
Baby Story Time 2 at Montana Ave.
Jul 22 2:30pm
One World Rhythm
Jul 23 10:15am
Toddler Time 1 at Montana Ave.
Jul 23 11:15am
Toddler Time 2 at Montana Ave.
Jul 23 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 25 12:00pm
Keep the Beat! A Steel Drumming Session for Adults
Jul 25 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 27 5:00pm
Teen Cultural Dance Series: Cuban Salsa @ Montana Ave. Branch
Jul 28 2:00pm
Computer Class: Word I
Jul 29 2:30pm
Montana Ave. Branch Summer Party
Jul 30 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 30 6:00pm
"In Case You Missed It:" Foxcatcher

August 2015

Aug 1 2:00pm
Paws to Read
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