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    The Santa Monica Public Library offers a host of resources available to seniors and their families and friends.

    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 Reference at 310-434-2608 during regular Library hours or view the featured digital resources.

    WISE & Healthy Aging
    Westside Guide for the 50+ (2018-19) 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    There are a variety of opportunities available to those interested in volunteering, including: Library Guides, Shut-In Service Volunteers, Santa Monica Citywide Reads Discussion Facilitators, and more. To express interest, visit our Volunteer at the Library webpage. 

    Shut-In Service

    Since 1973, the Santa Monica Public Library has provided services to those who find themselves confined at home or in health care or retirement facilities. Any Santa Monica resident who has difficulty coming to the Library or carrying books because of age, illness, temporary (6 months or more) or permanent disability can be served. All materials that can be borrowed by walk-in patrons can be checked out for our homebound Library users as well. Homebound patrons do not need a library card to receive this free service. New sign-ups should allow at least two to three weeks to be matched up with a Shut-In Service Volunteer. Once assigned, this volunteer will contact the homebound patron, select materials that meet that individual's interests and deliver items to them.

    To sign up or inquire further, please call 310-458-8646 or email Shut.In@smgov.net

    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.  Patrons may also find Library materials during regular Library hours by calling Telephone Reference at 310-434-2608.

    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 eAudiobooks can even be accessed through the library's website.  The library's website also provides access to eBooks, electronic books that can be read on computer screens and eReaders, 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.  Visit the Library's webpage for The Living Room for an upcoming list of programs of interest to the adult and 50+ communities, and for a full listing of Library events, click here for the full Calendar of Events.

    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 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and every other Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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