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Main Library SMB Entrance 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-458-8600

Hours of Service*
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
*Hours of service listed above may be affected by holiday closures

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.

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 1, R10, and 18. Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, R3, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance.

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By Rail. The Metro Expo line stops within a ten minute walk to the Main Library.

Parking

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 8:00 am to 11:00 pm 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."  

Rates are as follows: 
The weekday daily maximum is $14.00. Weekday rates are:

  • The first 30 minutes are free.  Then $0.50 per half hour for the next 1 hour.
  • After that, rates are $1.00 per half hour for the next 1.5 hours.
  • After that, rates are $1.50 per half hour for the next 2 hours.  
  • After that, rates are $2.00 per half hour up to the daily maximum ($14). 

Weekend rates are:

  • The first 30 minutes are free. After that, rates are $1.00 per half hour, up to the daily maximum of $5.00. 

Important: Vehicles displaying current and valid disabled placards or plates will be subject to the daily fee when parking in the parking structure. Said vehicles parking in ADA spaces in the surface lot will remain free. 

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 currently 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.
Note: New Bookmark Cafe operating hours are in effect.
New business hours are as follows:
Monday to Thursday - 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday - 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Sunday - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.

 

Upcoming Programs
& Events

November 2018

Nov 19 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Nov 19 4:00pm
‘Appy Hour’ Lyft App for MODE Workshop
Nov 19 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Nov 19 4:00pm
College Application Drop-In Services @ Main
Nov 19 7:00pm
Main Library Book Group
Nov 20 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Nov 20 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Nov 20 1:00pm
Computer Basics I
Nov 20 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL
Nov 20 3:45pm
Kids' Writers Group: Foodie Fairy Tales
Nov 21 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Nov 21 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Nov 21 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Nov 24 1:00pm
It Was A Book First?! Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Nov 26 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Nov 26 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Nov 27 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Nov 27 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Nov 27 1:00pm
Computer Basics II
Nov 27 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL
Nov 27 4:00pm
College Application Drop-In Services @ Main
Nov 28 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Nov 28 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Nov 28 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Nov 28 6:45pm
GED/HiSET Prep Class
Nov 29 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Nov 29 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Nov 29 9:45am
Digital Fundraising Webinar
Nov 29 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL

December 2018

Dec 1 3:00pm
CoderDojo Workshop
Dec 3 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Dec 3 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Dec 4 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Dec 4 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Dec 4 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL
Dec 4 3:45pm
Make It: Squishy
Dec 4 3:00pm
Movie Matinee: Book Club (2018)
Dec 5 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Dec 5 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Dec 5 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Dec 5 6:45pm
GED/HiSET Prep Class
Dec 6 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Dec 6 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Dec 6 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL
Dec 6 4:00pm
Middle School Council
Dec 8 10:30am
Starting a Business: What You Need to Know @ Main
Dec 8 2:00pm
Holiday Crafts and Cookies
Dec 8 2:00pm
Amelie (2001) Le Cinema Français
Dec 9 2:00pm
Duck Soup Trio: The Music of Vince Guaraldi
Dec 10 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Dec 10 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Dec 10 7:00pm
Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library Board Meeting
Dec 11 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Dec 11 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Dec 11 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL
Dec 12 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Dec 12 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Dec 12 4:00pm
‘Appy Hour’ Lyft App for MODE Workshop
Dec 12 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Dec 12 6:45pm
GED/HiSET Prep Class
Dec 13 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Dec 13 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Dec 13 11:00am
The Lyric Chorus Sings in the Season
Dec 13 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL
Dec 13 4:00pm
Design Your Gingerbread Dream Home!
Dec 15 3:00pm
CoderDojo Workshop
Dec 17 11:00am
ESL, Multi Level LOW / ESL, BAJO NIVEL
Dec 17 3:30pm
L.E.A.R.N.: Learn, Excel, Achieve and Read Now
Dec 17 7:00pm
Main Library Book Group
Dec 18 11:45am
ESL, Multi Level HIGH / ESL, ALTO NIVEL
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