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Note: New Library hours begins Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd) is now open on a limited basis as of Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The Montana Avenue Branch and the Pico Branch continues to offer curbside pickup service.

The Library is available to answer your questions. Call our Phone Assistance line at (310) 458-8600 during the hours of:
10:00 am-4:00 pm - Monday to Wednesday
2:00 pm-8:00 pm - Thursday
10:00 am-4:00 pm - Friday
10:00 am-4:00 pm - first Saturday of the month

Main Library SMB Entrance 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Hours of Service
  Phone Assistance 
(310) 458-8600
Monday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm   2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: CLOSED   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: First Saturday of the month:
10:00 am-4:00 pm
  First Saturday of the month:
10:00 am-4:00 pm

*Hours of service listed above may be affected by holiday closures

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.


Subterranean Garage. The public parking garage is open to the general public on a limited basis. The garage is generally open the same hours as the Main Library's operating hours.

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. 


The Santa Monica Public Library welcomes gifts of books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks to enrich the Library's collections. An appointment to drop off donations at the Main Library can be made with Library staff. To schedule an appointment please call (310) 458-8600 or email Library staff are available to assist you from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 



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