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Montana Avenue Library

The Montana Avenue Library is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. The Library currently offers curbside service, our no-contact check-out/pick-up service, at the Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd), Montana Avenue Branch, and the Pico Branch. For hours and dates, please visit our Curbside Pickup page.

The Library is available to answer you questions.  You may call our Phone Assistance line at (310) 458-8600 during the hours of 10:00 am-4:00 pm, from Monday to Friday.

Montana Avenue Branch

1704 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Hours for Curbside Pickup

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED

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

Getting There

The Montana Avenue Branch Library is located at the corner of Montana Ave. and 17th Street.

By Freeway. Take the I-10 freeway to the Cloverfield Blvd. exit.  Take Cloverfield Blvd. north, then turn left on Olympic Blvd. Turn right on 17th Street, and proceed 1.2 miles to Montana Avenue.

By Bus.The Montana Branch Library is served by the Big Blue Bus lines 18, 41, and 42.


Limited metered parking is available behind the Branch.

Bike Racks.  Cyclists can secure their bikes at the bike rack located east of the main entrance along the Montana Avenue sidewalk.

Returning Materials

Montana – Exterior Materials Returns – Two returns are located on Montana Avenue on the sidewalk near the Library entrance. Another exterior return is located at the entrance to the surface parking lot located off 17th Street. These returns are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accept 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.   

Seed Library

The Montana Ave. Branch is proud to host the Santa Monica Seed Library, where we share bundles of donated seeds with local gardeners and aspiring green thumbs.

Our Mission: The mission is to support home and school gardeners, nurture locally adapted plant varieties and build community through seed sharing and home grown food. If members wish, they can donate their own seeds for others to borrow.

How Do I Borrow Seeds? Visit the Montana Ave. Branch during curbside pickup - Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm - to receive a free seed bundle of your choice, which will include multiple seed varieties. You do not need to have a library card, although we encourage you to get one so you can access our extensive gardening resource collection.

Check out the Seed Library Brochure for more information, and the available seasonal seed bundles (with basic growing instructions).

Branch History

The Montana Avenue Branch Library opened as a storefront library in February 1952 in a rented building at 1528-30 Montana Avenue. After seven years, the thriving Branch was in need of more space so a new facility was constructed at its current location.

Designed by Weldon Fulton, architect of the Fairview Branch, the Montana Branch opened to much fanfare on March 1, 1960. In 2002, the Branch underwent major renovations, including the addition of a community room, as part of a system-wide upgrade of the branch libraries funded in part by a bond issue passed by Santa Monica voters. The Montana Branch benefitted from an interior improvements project in 2012. The current building size is 7,517 square feet.

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