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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."  

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. 

Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

EV charging stations are located along the South wall of level P1 in the parking structure. ADA-only EV charging stations are located with the handicapped parking on level P1.

All EV charging stations on P1 are level 2.

EV charging is currently free at City of Santa Monica owned charging stations. A fee to use the stations may be introduced in the future. While users do not need to pay to charge, standard parking rates do apply.

Users need to have a ChargePoint RFID card or the ChargePoint app downloaded to a smart phone. You can get help and ChargePoint RFID charging cards from SP+ staff in the parking booth on P1. You may also call ChargePoint Support for assistance at 1-888-758-4389.

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.


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