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Main Library SMB Entrance 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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.

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


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."  

Note: New parking rates will be effective July 1, 2018 at midnight. Current rates are listed below. 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. 

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 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: Bookmark Cafe operating hours will change effective July 1, 2018. New business hours will be 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

June 2018

Jun 25 2:30pm
Summer Activity Program: Dino Encounters
Jun 26 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Jun 26 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Jun 26 3:00pm
Computer Basics III
Jun 26 3:00pm
ASR Time Travel Tuesdays: Doctor Strange (2016)
Jun 27 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Jun 27 3:00pm
Not Your Grandma's Cross Stitch!
Jun 28 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Jun 28 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Jun 28 5:30pm
Family Game Night
Jun 28 7:30pm
Soundwaves Concert: Elliott Levin/Don Preston
Jun 29 10:00am
SMPL at the Beach
Jun 30 11:00am
Design in 3D: Open Lab

July 2018

Jul 2 2:30pm
Summer Activity Program: Mad Science- Fire and Ice
Jul 3 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Jul 3 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Jul 3 3:00pm
Computer Basics I
Jul 5 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Jul 5 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Jul 7 10:30am
Ukulele Saturdays!
Jul 7 2:00pm
French Connection: Cercle Français
Jul 9 1:00pm
Introduction to Finding Grants (for Nonprofits)
Jul 9 2:30pm
Summer Activity Program: Best Bubble Learning
Jul 10 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Jul 10 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Jul 10 2:00pm
Summer Crafternoon Tuesdays
Jul 10 3:00pm
Computer Basics II
Jul 10 3:00pm
ASR Time Travel Tuesdays: Pleasantville (1998)
Jul 10 3:00pm
Teen Creative Writing Workshops
Jul 11 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Jul 11 3:00pm
Teen Creative Writing Workshops
Jul 12 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Jul 12 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Jul 12 3:00pm
Teen Creative Writing Workshops
Jul 14 11:00am
Digital Security
Jul 14 10:30am
Ukulele Saturdays!
Jul 14 10:00am
SMPL at the Beach
Jul 14 2:00pm
French Connection: Cercle Français
Jul 14 2:00pm
Movie Screening -- Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages
Jul 16 2:30pm
Summer Activity Program: John Abrams Animal Magic
Jul 16 7:00pm
Main Library Book Group
Jul 17 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Jul 17 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Jul 17 3:00pm
ASR Time Travel Tuesdays: The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Jul 17 4:00pm
Just for Seniors: ‘Appy Hour’ Device Workshop
Jul 18 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Jul 18 2:30pm
"Special Day" Story Times: World Emoji Day
Jul 18 7:30pm
Soundwaves Concert: Brad Dutz 4
Jul 19 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Jul 19 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Jul 21 10:30am
Ukulele Saturdays!
Jul 21 1:00pm
Authors on Architecture: Harby and Fisher on Venturi's Rome
Jul 23 2:30pm
Summer Activity Program: World Famous Juggler David Cousins
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