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The Santa Monica Public Library announces a shift in operating hours to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday beginning Wednesday, July 6, 2022. 

The Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd) is now open on a limited basis. For other locations and available services, please visit our Reopening page.

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

Hours of Service
 
Phone Assistance 
(310) 458-8600
Sunday: CLOSED   CLOSED
Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED   10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:
First Saturday of the month:
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
First Saturday of the month:
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

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.

Parking

Subterranean Garage. The public parking garage is open to the general public on a limited basis. The garage is generally open the same hours as the Main Library's operating hours.

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. 

Study Rooms

Main Library study rooms are available for use with a SMPL library card. Reserve study rooms online up to 24 hours in advance for one 1-hour period per day. Reservations are required and are on a first come-first served basis. There are 5 study rooms in Youth Services (1st floor) and 7 study rooms on the 2nd floor. Maximum occupancy ranges from 2 people up to 6 persons depending on the study room.

Donations

The Santa Monica Public Library welcomes donations to enrich the Library's collections. Donations are accepted on Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library by appointment only. We welcome books, CDs, and DVDs, but no galleys or screeners. An appointment to drop off donations at the Main Library can be made with Library staff.

To schedule an appointment, please email library@santamonica.gov.

 

 

Upcoming Programs
& Events

September 2022

Sep 3 11:00am
Ocean Park Book Discussion Group
Sep 8 6:00pm
Library Board Meeting
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