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    Members in good standing may check out up to 50 total items from any of our locations, subject to the limits outlined below.

    Item Type Item Limit Loan Period Renewals
    Most Items 50 4 weeks 2
    DVDs 25 1 week 2
    Music CDs 50 2 weeks 2
    Magazines 50 2 weeks 2
    Audiobooks      25 4 weeks 2
    Adult New Books 25 2 weeks 2
    Lucky Day Books 2 2 weeks 0
    Lucky Day DVDs 2 1 week 0
    eBooks & Digital Media
    See eBooks & Digital Media 
    varies varies 0
    Interlibrary Loans no limit;
    charges apply
    2 weeks See Reference Staff

    Caring for Library Materials

    Library materials are for the benefit of all users and should be treated with care. Report problems to library staff; do not attempt to repair items. Please refer to our Caring for Library Materials guide for more information. 

    Renewing Materials

    Lucky Day items, Interlibrary Loan items, and electronic items are not eligible for renewal. Other library items with no outstanding hold requests may be renewed up to two times. Here's how:

    Staff at our Customer Service desks are happy to help you renew your items.
    SMPL Mobile App
    You can renew using the SMPL Mobile app, your library card number and PIN. See Online Account for instructions.
    You can renew using your online library account (Bibliocommons), your library card number and PIN. See Online Account for instructions.
    By Telephone
    You can renew by phone anytime at (310) 458-8704 using your 7-digit library card number and PIN. You can also call the Main Library during open hours at (310) 458-8614.

    Need help? Please contact staff during open hours.

    Returning Materials 

    Santa Monica Public Library materials of any type may be returned at any location during open hours or in the exterior bins before midnight. Items returned after the due date may incur late fees.

    Main Library

    Exterior bins are located at the side of the building on 6th Street. There is also a bin on the P1 level of the underground parking structure (enter on 7th Street, no charge if you exit the structure within thirty minutes). 
    Fairview Branch
    Two exterior bins are located at the front of the building along Ocean Park Blvd.
    Montana Branch
    Exterior bins are located at the front of the building along Montana Ave. There is also a bin at the entrance to the parking lot on 17th Street.
    Ocean Park Branch
    Two exterior bins are located near the public building entrance along Norman Place.
    Pico Branch
    Two exterior bins are connected to the building, located to the right of the main entrance.


    Self-checkout stations are available at each library location. Scan your library card, enter your PIN, and follow the instructions on the touch screen. Security cases for DVDs and CDs can be unlocked once the items have been successfully checked. Be sure to follow the process to completion.

    Shut-In Services

    The library offers free shut-in service to Santa Monica residents who are home-bound because of age or illness for a period of six months or longer. Volunteers select library materials to meet individual interests and deliver them to home-bound clients. There may be a waiting list. For information about the shut-in service, call (310) 458-8646, or send an e-mail to: .

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