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Santa Monica Public Library - Main

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West Los Angeles, Santa Monica
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  • Malibu Country Mart
    "Get a library card and grab a book or 12 for the beach."(2 Tips)
    Jane R.
    "great selection of books"(8 Tips)
    Jack H.
    "Great atmosphere and very calm and quiet"(3 Tips)
    Sarah
    "The salads in the cafe in the center are soo good!"(2 Tips)
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  • Garrick
    GarrickOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJanuary 25, 2015
    Gorgeous. Clean. And you can bring outside food in say what?! My favorite is the outdoor courtyard.
  • Micah S.
    Micah ShafferAugust 8, 2012
    Nice bookstore, coffee shop and huge. Makes all other libraries except downtown LA look like chumps.
  • Bodumin
    BoduminApril 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge library. Don't get lost. Bear in mind they don't use the LAPL cards you need a Santa Monica one
  • Amara P.
    Amara PoolswasdiDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Eugene L.
    Eugene LeeSeptember 9, 2013
    Open to public, clean, open till 9pm, ample seating and fast wifi! Whoa!!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzSeptember 5, 2014
    A once modern and sophisticated layout and design has become a residence for the city's homeless.
  • Robin .
    Robin 😎March 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great DVD selection and you can renew them for a week longer.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PlattypusJuly 9, 2015
    Being in Santa Monica, you do need to pay for parking. Yes. I just paid for parking at a library.
  • Jason S.
    Jason ScottApril 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You get to check out a grand total of 50 CDs for up to a month each! And an extensive selection to boot
  • Buy Local Market
    Buy Local MarketAugust 10, 2011
    Great programs for kids at the Main Street Library - like story-time, magicians, etc. Pick up a schedule.
  • Jane R.
    Jane RichardsAugust 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    An amazing building, great selection of books, dvds,cds, mags and a courtyard cafe
  • CHINA
    CHINAJuly 22, 2011
    For sure Michael F., this is the nicest library I have been in, within the LA area...
  • Miko G.
    Miko GarciaSeptember 27, 2013
    Grab a book, buy a drink, read outside in the courtyard :)
  • Jack H.
    Jack HoppusApril 12, 2015
    Here for Yallwest. Great atmosphere and very calm and quiet
  • Malibu Country Mart
    Malibu Country MartAugust 21, 2011
    Get a library card and grab a book or 12 for the beach.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FriedmanOctober 27, 2009
    Probably the nicest library in all of the Greater Los Angeles area. Especially their computer commons. At least that's my experience.
  • Chendaddy
    ChendaddyJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    $25 annual fee for a library card??
  • Sarah
    SarahFebruary 8, 2011
    The salads in the cafe in the center are soo good!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 28, 2010
    You might want to bring a change of clothes along; kids find that stream in the courtyard irresistible!Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • Eva J.
    Eva JimenezNovember 9, 2016
    Gotta try their breakfast burritos! Mmm yummy😍
  • Evan F.
    Evan FiskJanuary 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Tons of DVDs. Lots of new releases downstairs and non-fiction (Documentaries, yoga, etc) upstairs. Sorry redbox.
  • Sungmin H.
    Sungmin HongFebruary 28, 2012
    quiet study rooms are on 2nd floor
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Children's department is awesome!
  • Aarthi E.
    Aarthi EDecember 8, 2013
    Public parking charges!
  • Pam S.
    Pam SeverJanuary 26, 2010
    If using the self-checkout make sure to take the case off of the DVDs(oops)...and remember that they can't be renewed!
  • k p.
    k pDecember 8, 2011
    There's books in them there aisle's!!!
  • Austin H.
    Austin HillFebruary 5, 2010
    vast children's section - my kid loves this place - awesome building
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WellsApril 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    In the CD section you'll find a huge selection of sound effects CDs
  • betsy f.
    betsy feganJuly 23, 2010
    don't wait in line, use the self checkout machines for a faster experience
  • Jenn Y.
    Jenn YMarch 29, 2012
    Don't be put off by the wafts of urine. It doesn't smell bad everywhere.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HaileMay 5, 2010
    Free wi-fi; Friends of the SMPL used bookstore
  • ViveMateo
    ViveMateoJune 8, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't feed the library Pages! ;)
  • Mike R.
    Mike RubioJune 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    All hail the new mayor
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