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Santa Monica Public Library

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A Very Good Kids Selection

We have a young son and have started going back to the libraries again for 'story times.' These... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2018
a first class public library.

i have been a resident of santa monica since 1983. i love my hometown library!!! i highly recommend... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2018
Mimi Y
Santa Monica, California
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601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 12, 2015

Santa Monica Public Library is such a treat. Feel happy to live in Santa Monica for the library alone!!! The facitlity itself is really nice, there is a cafe in the middle which is a lovely sun filled court yard that has a stream (!!)...More

3  Thank allison r
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Reviewed November 24, 2015

Disappointing on so many levels. I grew up in SM and remember when it was built. I like an old library with some history. This one is neither old nor has any personality. So this library has really nothing for visitors. Good: Large & clean....More

3  Thank Summerasalifestyle
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

We have a young son and have started going back to the libraries again for 'story times.' These story times are attended by kids up to 4 years of age and are pretty good, small groups. We go and there are 10-12 at each session....More

Reviewed February 11, 2018

i have been a resident of santa monica since 1983. i love my hometown library!!! i highly recommend this place as a rest stop for tourists who have done the beach, the pier, the third street promenade, ..., and long for a quiet place to...More

1  Thank Mimi Y
Reviewed January 20, 2018

This is a complete service public Library. Great access to technology for free. They have a huge selection of books and videos. They also have a great sale on books you can pick up for a dollar.

1  Thank blancalex2017
Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile

All right, it's not the NY Public Library, they don't have every book ever printed, but for a small city library it surpasses expectations. Its clean, modern layout and decor is well lit and comfortable, the staff is friendly and helpful and the selection on...More

1  Thank Cornelius T
Reviewed November 10, 2017

Great collection, great amanities, great staff. And there is a large well-stocked used bookstore on the premises where most books are a dollar or two.

1  Thank LL L
Reviewed October 2, 2017

computers, books and even a cafe inside with good food!! catch up on your emails always something going on there nicely designed building

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Reviewed August 17, 2017

There is a good selection of books. And you could also pick up some bargains in the secondhand bookstore. Set against this is the fact that the entrance on Santa Monica Blvd. was nearly blocked by homeless people. And there were also homeless people sleeping...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

I have been their with my grandchildren looking for book and video's and never had a problem finding them. I have been their for meetings and find it to be a good space. I have been their for screenings and panel discussions.

Thank blantry
Reviewed July 16, 2017

This was a cute little library! I don't have a library card but I really enjoyed the local history information inside.

Thank tink8009
Reviewed July 15, 2017

SMPL is a wonderful library system with 4 branches and also the main library on 6th Street , therefore 5 branches. We go to the main library frequently, and it's a wonderful library.

Thank katethecook33
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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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