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Santa Monica Public Library - Main

Library · West Los Angeles
601 Santa Monica Blvd (at 6th St), Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (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)
    Jane R.
    "great selection of books"(8 Tips)
    Jack H.
    "Great atmosphere and very calm and quiet"(3 Tips)
    "The salads in the cafe in the center are soo good!"(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, 2015
  • Jack H.

    Here for Yallwest. Great atmosphere and very calm and quiet

    Jack Hoppus · April 12, 2015
  • Connie C.

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

    Connie Chiu · January 25, 2015
  • 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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