Santa Monica Public Library - Main

Library · West Los Angeles
601 Santa Monica Blvd (at 6th St), Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
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    Malibu Country Mart
    "Get a library card and grab a book or 12 for the beach."(2 Tips)
    Miko G.
    "Grab a book, buy a drink, read outside in the courtyard :)"(8 Tips)
    Jack H.
    "Great atmosphere and very calm and quiet"(3 Tips)
    Jane R.
    "mags and a courtyard cafe"(2 Tips)
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  • books
  • library card
  • wifi
  • café
  • quiet
  • bright
  • courtyard
  • music
  • ample seating
  • parking
  • clean
  • beach
  • Chris P.

    Being in Santa Monica, you do need to pay for parking. Yes. I just paid for parking at a library.

    Chris Plattypus · July 9
  • Jack H.

    Here for Yallwest. Great atmosphere and very calm and quiet

    Jack Hoppus · April 12
  • Connie C.

    Gorgeous. Clean. And you can bring outside food in say what?! My favorite is the outdoor courtyard.

    Connie Chiu · January 25
  • Stephen K.

    A once modern and sophisticated layout and design has become a residence for the city's homeless.

    Stephen Koontz · September 5, 2014
  • Chendaddy

    $25 annual fee for a library card??

    Chendaddy · July 10, 2014
  • Aarthi E.

    Public parking charges!

    Aarthi E · December 8, 2013
  • Jennifer J.

    Children's department is awesome!

    Jennifer J · November 20, 2013
  • Miko G.

    Grab a book, buy a drink, read outside in the courtyard :)

    Miko Garcia · September 27, 2013
  • Eugene L.

    Open to public, clean, open till 9pm, ample seating and fast wifi! Whoa!!

    Eugene Lee · September 9, 2013
  • Bodumin

    Huge library. Don't get lost. Bear in mind they don't use the LAPL cards you need a Santa Monica one

    Bodumin · April 25, 2013
  • Robin D.

    Great DVD selection and you can renew them for a week longer.

    Robin D 🌻 · March 27, 2013
  • Micah S.

    Nice bookstore, coffee shop and huge. Makes all other libraries except downtown LA look like chumps.

    Micah Shaffer · August 8, 2012
  • Jenn Y.

    Don't be put off by the wafts of urine. It doesn't smell bad everywhere.

    Jenn Y · March 29, 2012
  • Sungmin H.

    quiet study rooms are on 2nd floor

    Sungmin Hong · February 28, 2012
  • k p.

    There's books in them there aisle's!!!

    k p · December 8, 2011
  • Garrick

    Don't miss the many lectures and seminars presented by this outstanding public library. Very well-organized new/featured book areas; the librarians make consistently relevant and interesting choices.

    Garrick · October 17, 2011
  • Malibu Country Mart

    Get a library card and grab a book or 12 for the beach.

    Malibu Country Mart · August 21, 2011
  • Buy Local Market

    Great programs for kids at the Main Street Library - like story-time, magicians, etc. Pick up a schedule.

    Buy Local Market · August 10, 2011

    For sure Michael F., this is the nicest library I have been in, within the LA area...

    CHINA · July 22, 2011
  • Mike R.

    All hail the new mayor

    Mike Rubio · June 30, 2011
  • James R.

    Huge cd&dvd selection. Pirate your very own musical collection to make your friends and mom jealous. Local Tip- park for free across the street in the lot on 7th&SM Blvd. Woo-Hoo!!

    James R · June 22, 2011
  • Jason S.

    You get to check out a grand total of 50 CDs for up to a month each! And an extensive selection to boot

    Jason Scott · April 4, 2011
  • Sarah

    The salads in the cafe in the center are soo good!

    Sarah · February 8, 2011
  • Amara P.

    A few blocks from the MTA stop. Easily accessible, bright and airy, and always have the books I am looking for! Self-checkout is a breeze.

    Amara Poolswasdi · December 5, 2010
  • Jane R.

    An amazing building, great selection of books, dvds,cds, mags and a courtyard cafe

    Jane Richards · August 8, 2010
  • betsy f.

    don't wait in line, use the self checkout machines for a faster experience

    betsy fegan · July 23, 2010
  • Dora

    You might want to bring a change of clothes along; kids find that stream in the courtyard irresistible!Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 28, 2010
  • ViveMateo

    Don't feed the library Pages! ;)

    ViveMateo · June 8, 2010
  • Mark H.

    Free wi-fi; Friends of the SMPL used bookstore

    Mark Haile · May 5, 2010
  • Jonathan W.

    In the CD section you'll find a huge selection of sound effects CDs

    Jonathan Wells · April 29, 2010
  • Austin H.

    vast children's section - my kid loves this place - awesome building

    Austin Hill · February 5, 2010
  • Pam S.

    If using the self-checkout make sure to take the case off of the DVDs(oops)...and remember that they can't be renewed!

    Pam Sever · January 26, 2010
  • Evan F.

    Tons of DVDs. Lots of new releases downstairs and non-fiction (Documentaries, yoga, etc) upstairs. Sorry redbox.

    Evan Fisk · January 24, 2010
  • Michael F.

    Probably the nicest library in all of the Greater Los Angeles area. Especially their computer commons. At least that's my experience.

    Michael Friedman · October 27, 2009

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