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Main Library SMB Entrance 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-458-8600

Hours of Service*
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
Monday: 10am to 9 pm
Tuesday: 10am to 9 pm
Wednesday: 10am to 9 pm
Thursday: 10am to 9 pm
Friday: 10am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am to 5:30 pm
*Hours of service listed above may be affected by holiday closures

Tours. Docent led tours are offered the third Friday of each month at 12:30 pm. Meet in the lobby area near Customer Services.

Getting There

The Main Library is located at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and 6th Street.

By Freeway. Take the I-10 freeway to the Lincoln Blvd exit.  Turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. and proceed .4 miles to Santa Monica Blvd where you will turn left.  The Library will be one block ahead on the right.

By Bus. The Main Library is directly served by the Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10, and 18. Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, R3, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance.

By Rail. The Metro Expo line stops within a ten minute walk to the Main Library.

Parking

Subterranean Garage. An underground parking structure can be accessed from 7th Street between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave.  The structure has 525 parking spaces on three levels and is open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm daily. Real-time parking space availability for the structure can be viewed on the City's Transportation Division website. Click on "Santa Monica Public Library."  

Note: New parking rates are in effect (as of July 1, 2018). Rates are as follows: 

The first 30 minutes are free. Weekdays, the daily maximum is $14.00.
Weekday rates are: $0.50 per half hour for the next 1 hour.  For example, a 90-minute stay would be $1.00.
After that, rates are $1.00 per half hour for the next 1.5 hours.  For example, a 3-hour stay would be $4.00.
After that, rates are $1.50 per half hour for the next 2 hours.  After that, rates are $2.00 per half hour up to the daily maximum ($14). 

Weekends, the first 30 minutes are free. After that, rates are $1.00 per half hour, up to the daily maximum of $5.00. 

In addition, vehicles displaying current and valid disabled placards or plates will be subject to the daily fee when parking in the parking structure. Said vehicles parking in ADA spaces in the surface lot will remain free. 

Parking on level P1 is restricted to stays of three hours or less. Parking spaces for those displaying disabled placards or plates are on P1. Visitors parking for three hours or longer should park on levels P2 or P3. The Library does not currently provide validation for parking. 

Street-level parking lot. A limited number of metered one-hour parking spaces are available.  Entry to the lot is from 7th Street.

Bike Racks.  Cyclists can secure their bikes at one of several bike racks installed along the north side of the building.

Returning Materials

Main Library - Exterior Materials Return - Exterior return slots are located at the side of the building on 6th street. This return is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accepts books, magazines and audiovisual materials. A drive-up return bin is also available on the P1 level of the underground parking structure from 8:00am-11:00pm, 7 days a week - please note that garage parking is free for the first 30 minutes; after that, parking fees will be assessed. 

Overview of Services and Collections

Programs.  The Main Library offers an extensive range of free public programs for all ages and interests. Highlights include Summer Reading Clubs, Santa Monica Reads, film screenings, live music concerts, author talks and book signings.

Computer Classes.  Free instructional classes on using the Internet and the Library's electronic resources are held in the Computer Training Room.

Collections.  In addition to a wide array of books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, music CDs, and audio books, the Main Library features a rich World Languages collection and the Santa Monica History Collection.

Meeting Room Rentals.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Multipurpose Room and Community Room are available for rent for community sponsored meetings and programs.

Internet Computers.  The Main Library is equipped with 70 public access Internet stations in the second floor Computer Commons.

Public Art.  The Main Library is proud to display the following works: "Underwater Canopy: (2006) by Carl Cheng (American, 1942-); a cultural monument: "Martin Luther King, Jr." by Rojo with concept development and fabrication by Jeff Sanders and "Mural for the Santa Monica Public Library" (1934-35) by Stanton Macdonald-Wright (American, 1890-1973) -- on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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

Photocopiers and printers. Color and black-and-white printing and photocopying are available.

Donations.  The library gratefully accepts donations. Materials not added to the Library's collection are given to the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library for sale in the Friends Book Store.  Please review the Library's Gifts and Donations policy for further information.

Dining.  The Bookmark Cafe is located in the central courtyard and features salads, sandwiches, wraps, breakfast items, soft drinks, smoothies, teas and coffees.
Note: New Bookmark Cafe operating hours are in effect.
New business hours are as follows:
Monday to Thursday - 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday - 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Sunday - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.

 

Upcoming Programs
& Events

July 2018

Jul 21 10:30am
Ukulele Saturdays!
Jul 21 1:00pm
Authors on Architecture: Harby and Fisher on Venturi's Rome
Jul 23 2:30pm
Summer Activity Program: World Famous Juggler David Cousins
Jul 24 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Jul 24 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Jul 24 3:00pm
Computer Basics III
Jul 24 3:00pm
ASR Time Travel Tuesdays: Star Trek (2009)
Jul 25 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Jul 25 6:00pm
Design in 3D: Eiffel Tower
Jul 26 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Jul 26 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Jul 26 3:00pm
Make It: Bath Bombs
Jul 28 10:30am
Ukulele Saturdays!
Jul 28 2:00pm
French Connection: Cercle Français
Jul 28 2:00pm
Santa Monica Rep Play Reading: Top Girls
Jul 31 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Jul 31 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Jul 31 3:00pm
Computer Basics IV
Jul 31 3:00pm
ASR Time Travel Tuesdays: Arrival (2016)

August 2018

Aug 1 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Aug 2 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Aug 2 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Aug 2 5:00pm
Design in 3D: Open LabDesk Caddy
Aug 4 11:00am
Musical Story Time
Aug 4 2:00pm
French Connection: Cercle Français
Aug 7 10:15am
Baby Time Session 1
Aug 7 11:15am
Baby Time Session 2
Aug 7 3:00pm
ASR Time Travel Tuesdays: 13 Going on 30 (2004)
Aug 8 11:15am
Preschool Story Time
Aug 9 10:15am
Toddler Time Session 1
Aug 9 11:15am
Toddler Time Session 2
Aug 9 5:00pm
Design in 3D: Open Lab
Aug 9 7:30pm
Soundwaves Concert: Anne Rhodes & Carl Testa
Aug 10 10:00am
SMPL at the Beach
Aug 11 10:30am
Preschool Explorers: Reading Takes You Everywhere! Deserts
Aug 11 2:00pm
Through Music to Freedom: Paderewski and World Politics
Aug 13 2:30pm
Weaving 101 for Kids
Aug 13 7:00pm
Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library Board Meeting
Aug 14 2:00pm
LEGOS and Games
Aug 14 3:00pm
ASR Time Travel Tuesdays: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Aug 15 7:00pm
Prospective "Tech Teen" Information Session
Aug 16 2:30pm
"Special Day" Story Times: National Roller Coaster Day
Aug 16 5:00pm
Design in 3D: Open Lab
Aug 16 7:00pm
Special Library Board Meeting
Aug 18 2:00pm
Summer Reading Finale Concert: The Hollow Trees
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