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    The Library offers 24/7 access to a suite of e-resources for all ages, including eBooks, streaming and downloadable audiobooks, music, movies and more. You can also visit our online databases to get free access to the New York Times digital; read articles from newspapers, magazine and academic journals; stream creative new music via DRAM; and access reference databases including Novelist Plus, which can provide book recommendations.

    Get started: You’ll need your Santa Monica Public Library card number and PIN, and an email address. Download the apps from the App Store on your iPhone or iPad; or go to Google Play on your Android device.

    Need a library card? Apply for a temporary library card during the emergency COVID-19 closure by filling out a temporary library card application. Allow 1-2 business days for processing.

    Need help with your library account, PIN or apps? Call us at 310-458-8600 or email Staff are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and will happy to assist you.


    SMPL Mobile
    Search the Santa Monica Public Library collections

    See all the books, audiobooks, music and videos available in all Library locations. Place holds, check your due dates, renew items, and get the availability information you need, anytime and anywhere. This app displays much, but not all, of our digital content, but you’ll need one of the apps below to check them out.

    App Store / Google Play



    OverDrive / Libby
    Download eBooks and audiobooks for adults, kids & teens 

    Check out bestselling books and audiobooks, picture books, classics, and other high quality fiction and nonfiction titles selected by our librarians. Check out up to 20 titles at a time. Items are returned automatically, but we encourage you to return finished items early, so they are available for other readers.

    Go to on any computer, download the Libby app on iOS or Android devices, or the use OverDrive app on the Kindle Fire (Amazon App Store). The large number of items available in Kindle format can also be transferred to any Kindle device using your Amazon Kindle account, see borrowing Kindle books from your library for instructions.

    Libby: App Store / Google Play 
    Libby instructions: Getting started with the Libby app. (video)
    Overdrive app instructions: using the OverDrive app on any device (step-by-step)
    For assistance, see or contact the Library. 



    Hoopla Digital
    Access eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music and videos

    Stream or download (app only) a vast collection of content for all ages, in multiple languages. Everything in Hoopla is always available, so you’ll never have to place holds. Borrow up to 6 items per calendar month. Limits reset on the first of the month. During April 2020, check out any of their "Bonus Borrows” and they will not count against your borrowing limit.

    Go to to get started or download the Hoopla app on your mobile device. Search “getting started” in the FAQs to see videos on how to use Hoopla app on Android, iOS or the web. Pro tip for parents: You can select “Kids Mode” in the settings to only show kid-appropriate content in your browse and search results.

    App Store / Google Play / Kindle Fire



    Enjoy full-color, interactive digital magazines

    Browse the library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. Visit our help page for step-by-step instructions to get started. (You can also access articles from over 2000 other magazines, including Consumer Reports through MasterFILE Complete.)

    App Store / Google Play



    Brainfuse/Help Now
    Get live, one-to-one homework help from a trained tutor

    Online tutoring in math, science, language arts, and social studies for students in grades 3-12 and those in introductory college courses. Adult learners can get help with the GED test, US Citizenship test, and more. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Available every day (except holidays) from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm Pacific Time.

    App Store / Google Play



    Mango Languages
    Learn a new language with this award-winning online language-learning resource

    PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations with more than 70 language courses, including ESL tailored to native speakers of 21 international languages and Pirate! Create your free account and start learning a new language today.

    App Store / Google Play

    Sesame Street eBooks 


    Sesame Street eBooks 
    Read along with your favorite Sesame Street friends

    More than 200 classic books based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum. Includes four different eBook formats: read-alongs, audiobooks, animated books, and interactive books. Log in under Elmo’s nose and click “Library Card Login.” Select Santa Monica Public Library, enter your library card number, and start reading!



    TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks combine animation, sound, music, and narration to create an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you.
    App Store / Google Play
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