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  • Requesting Items

    The library offers several services that make it easy to get the items you want. 

    Will Call Service (Same Day Pick-Up) 

    Will Call Service allows you to request up to 5 available items for same day pick-up. Call (310) 458-8614 and request a Will Call. Staff will retrieve and set aside the item(s) for you to pick-up by the end of the next day. There is no charge for Will Call Service.     

    Hold Requests 

    Hold requests place you on a waiting list for a title. This is especially helpful for items that are checked out, on-order, or being processed. You will have 7 days to retrieve the item once you are notified that it is ready for pick-up. There is no charge for hold requests, and you may have up to 25 hold requests at a time.

    Here's how:

    In-Person
    Staff at the Info Desk and Reference Desk can assist you with placing hold requests. Please have your library card number available to share with the staff.
    By Telephone
    Call (310) 458-8614 during the open hours of the Main Library to have staff place hold requests. Please have your library card number available before placing the call.
    SMPL Mobile App
    Use the app to browse materials and place hold requests. Log in using your library card number and PIN. See Online Account for instructions.
    Online
    Browse materials and place hold requests using your online library account (BiblioCommons). Log in using your library card number and PIN. See Online Account for instructions.

    You can be notified that your hold is ready for pickup by phone or email. You can also use the My Borrowing function in the online catalog to see if your hold is available for pick-up.

    Interlibrary Loan Service

    Need something that's not in the Santa Monica Public Library collection? It may be possible to use Interlibrary Loan Service to borrow from other libraries throughout the country. There is a $5.00 non-refundable fee to initiate the request. Some items may difficult to acquire or may require additional fees. Contact Reference staff for more information. (310) 434-2608 or Email Reference.

    Purchase Suggestions

    Suggest an item to add to the collection using the Suggestions for Purchase Form. All suggestions are submitted to a subject specialist for consideration.

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