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  • New Library Hours 

     

    Main Library  
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & the first Saturday of each month     10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
       
    Pico Branch Curbside Pickup  
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & the first Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
       
    Montana Avenue Branch Curbside Pickup  
    Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
       
    Ocean Park Branch Self-Service  
    Pre-authorization required; sign up at smpl.org/SelfServiceHours    
    Wednesday & Friday      10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
       
    Have questions or need help?
    Contact us as (310) 458-8600 or reference@santamonica.gov.
     
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & the first Saturday of each month     10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     

    Library COVID-19 Policies
    Here’s what you need to know:

    • Refrain from entering the Library if you are demonstrating recognized signs of COVID-19 or other similar illness.
    • Except for children aged 2 and under, patrons must wear a face covering at all times over the nose and mouth.
    • If you are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons, Library staff will endeavor to make accommodations.
    • Maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others that are not in your same household.
    • Practice good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing. When feasible, wash your hands with
      soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Children must remain with a parent or caregiver at all times.
    • Limit your visit to 30 minutes or less.
    • Eating and drinking in the Library is prohibited.
    • Seating at the Main Library is not available other than for computer stations.
    • Room rentals and group study rooms are not available.


    FAQs for Library Patrons - Updated 9/24/2021

    Is the Library open at full capacity?
    Not yet! The Main Library is operating in-person services at a reduced capacity limit. The Ocean Park Branch is now offering Self-Service Hours for approved library cardholders. The Montana Avenue and Pico Branches are continuing to offer Curbside Pickup and are not open for in-person services.

    Can I enter the Library without a mask?
    Except for children aged 2 and under, patrons must wear a face covering at all times over the nose and mouth.
    If you are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons, we will endeavor to make accommodations. 

    Is the book return open?
    Yes! Book returns are open at all Santa Monica Public Library locations.

    Are the computers available?
    Yes! Computer stations are available at the Main Library on the first floor Reading Room and in the Youth Services area for children and teens. Computer stations at the Ocean Park Branch are available for approved library card holders. You will need a valid library card to use these stations. Time limit for all computers is 30 minutes per day.

    There are four 15-minute computer stations available at the Main Library that do not require a library card. Please see staff at the Customer Services Desk for a guest pass.

    Is the kids and teen area open?
    Youth Services at the Main Library is open for browsing by families, children, and teens but the seating and toys
    have been removed. We also request that masks are worn at all times in Youth Services for the health and safety
    of our youngest patrons. 

    Can I browse the Library stacks?
    Yes! You can browse the first-floor collections at the Main Library. Apply for Self-Service access to browse the collections at the Ocean Park Branch.

    Can I get a book from the second floor of the Main Library?
    Yes! See one of our helpful staff at the first floor Information Desk. They can locate the item and have it retrieved for you.

    Can I use the restroom?
    Yes. Restrooms are open on the first floor of the Main Library to our patrons. Restrooms in the Youth Service area
    are open to families, children, and teens. Restrooms at the Ocean Park Branch are available for approved library card holders.   

    Can I read or study while I’m at the Main Library?
    Not yet. Our seating areas, study rooms, and study tables are not currently available.

    Can I read or study while I'm at the Ocean Park Branch?
    Yes! The Ocean Park Branch is available for studying, working, and reading (pre-authorization required). COVID-19 restrictions may affect how this service is provided.

    Are fines being waived?
    Yes! Santa Monica Public Libraries are currently waiving overdue fines. Please note: This period of fine forgiveness
    only applies to overdue fines. Replacement fees for lost items remain in effect.

    Is the Library taking book donations?
    Yes! We are accepting book donations by appointment. Please ask a staff member,
    email reference@santamonica.gov, or call (310) 458-8600 for an appointment.  

     

     

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