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Montana Avenue Library

Montana Avenue Branch

1704 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Branch Manager: Stephanie Archer

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: Noon to 9 pm
Tuesday: Noon to 9 pm
Wednesday: Noon to 9 pm
Thursday: Noon to 9 pm
Friday: Noon to 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10am to 5:30 pm

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

Getting There

The Montana Avenue Branch Library is located at the corner of Montana Ave. and 17th Street.

By Freeway. Take the I-10 freeway to the Cloverfield Blvd. exit.  Take Cloverfield Blvd. north, then turn left on Olympic Blvd. Turn right on 17th Street, and proceed 1.2 miles to Montana Avenue.

By Bus.The Montana Branch Library is served by the Big Blue Bus lines 18, 41, and 42.



Limited metered parking is available behind the Branch.

Bike Racks.  Cyclists can secure their bikes at the bike rack located east of the main entrance along the Montana Avenue sidewalk.

Returning Materials

Montana – Exterior Materials Returns – Two returns are located on Montana Avenue on the sidewalk near the Library entrance. Another exterior return is located at the entrance to the surface parking lot located off 17th Street. These returns are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accept books, magazines and audiovisual materials. Please do not drop donations into these returns. All donations should be brought to the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Overview of Services and Collections

Children. The Montana Avenue Branch offers storytimes and craft programs, book club gatherings, class visits and much more.

Teens. Take advantage of our Talk About It book group, crafts, food preparation programs, and community volunteer opportunities (8th grade and up).

Adults. The Montana Avenue Branch Mystery Book Group  meets the second Wednesday of the month, and the Montana Avenue Branch Book Group  meets the third Wednesday of the month. Join us for monthly afternoon films and other programs.

Community Room. A 52-person capacity meeting room is available for rent for meetings or programs that are free and open to the public.

Collections. Explore a wide array of popular books, magazines, DVDs, Music CDs, and books on CD for both children and adults.

Computers. The Montana Avenue Branch Library is equipped with 9 public access Internet stations.

Wi-Fi. The facility is equipped with free City Wi-Fi.

Photocopiers and printers. Black-and-white and color printing and photocopying are available.

Branch History

The Montana Avenue Branch Library opened as a storefront library in February 1952 in a rented building at 1528-30 Montana Avenue. After seven years, the thriving Branch was in need of more space so a new facility was constructed at its current location. Designed by Weldon Fulton, architect of the Fairview Branch, the Montana Branch opened to much fanfare on March 1, 1960. In 2002, the Branch underwent major renovations, including the addition of a community room, as part of a system-wide upgrade of the branch libraries funded in part by a bond issue passed by Santa Monica voters. The Montana Branch benefitted from an interior improvements project in 2012. The current building size is 7,517 square feet.

Upcoming Programs
& Events

June 2019

Jun 26 10:15am
Baby Story Time
Jun 26 11:15am
Baby Story Time
Jun 26 6:30pm
Space Trivia Night
Jun 27 10:15am
Toddler Time
Jun 27 11:15am
Toddler Time
Jun 27 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jun 28 3:00pm
Mat Pilates
Jun 29 2:00pm
Paws to Read

July 2019

Jul 3 10:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 3 11:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 3 2:30pm
John Abrams’ Animal Magic
Jul 3 5:30pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Jul 6 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 9 6:30pm
Family Forts at the Library
Jul 10 10:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 10 11:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 10 2:30pm
Jul 10 7:00pm
Montana Mystery Book Group: Blind Goddess
Jul 11 10:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 11 11:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 11 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 12 3:15pm
Mat Pilates
Jul 13 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 13 3:00pm
Jul 16 11:15am
Ni Hao - Family Story Time
Jul 16 2:00pm
VR & Retro Games
Jul 17 10:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 17 11:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 17 2:30pm
Mad Science: What Do You Know About H20?
Jul 17 5:30pm
Mindfulness Meditation
Jul 17 7:00pm
Santa Monica Reads Book Discussion: The Hate U Give and Ghettoside
Jul 18 10:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 18 11:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 18 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 19 2:00pm
Searching for Asteroids
Jul 20 2:00pm
Paws to Read
Jul 20 3:00pm
Toy Maker Workshop: Star Glider
Jul 22 11:15am
Little Hands Art Class
Jul 24 10:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 24 11:15am
Baby Story Time
Jul 24 2:30pm
Jul 24 6:30pm
Scrabble Night
Jul 25 10:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 25 11:15am
Toddler Time
Jul 25 2:00pm
Paws to Read
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