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    Resources for Seniors

    The Library's Reference Services can help you locate specialized directories and information about agencies, services, education and other subjects of interest to senior citizens.  Call Telephone Assistance at (310) 458-8600 or email

    WISE & Healthy Aging's annually updated guide on local resources can be accessed here: WISE & Healthy Aging Westside Guide for the 50+

    Equipment for Special Needs at the Main Library

    The Library offers a range of assistive devices to promote universal access to its collections and services.  Visit our Accessibility Services page for more information.

    Books, CDs, DVDs and more

    Many books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs and reference materials of particular interest to seniors are available from the Library.  Subjects include health and nutrition, estate planning, retirement, finance, jobs, travel, arts and literature, classical and popular music, and consumer information.  To access the Library's catalog, click here.  

    Large Print, Audiobooks and eBooks

    For those who have difficulty reading small type, the Library provides a variety of alternatives. Large print books are typically printed in 16-point font vs. the 12-point font typical of most books, and the availability of current titles continues to increase as the format's popularity continues to increase.  Audiobooks are a great option for those who prefer to listen, and e-audiobooks can even be accessed through the library's website.  The library's website also provides access to e-books, electronic books that can be read on computer screens and e-readers, allowing customization of fonts and sizes for easier readability.  

    Programs of Interest

    The Library offers a wide range of programs of interest to adults, from author talks and book discussions, to workshops, concerts and theatrical performances, computer classes and much more.  Access the program calendar on the Library's homepage,

    Ken Edwards Center Lending Library

    The Ken Edwards Center Reading collection is a collaborative project of the Santa Monica Public Library and the Ken Edwards Center, a public facility owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica.  Approximately 200 books, including popular fiction and new nonfiction titles are available.

    The Ken Edwards Center is located at 1527 Fourth Street. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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