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Santa Monica Public Library

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Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-458-8600
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Because of the free internet and the significant amount of homeless that visit the main branch, the computer section can be quite 'ripe' as about 50 computers are crammed together... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Because of the free internet and the significant amount of homeless that visit the main branch, the computer section can be quite 'ripe' as about 50 computers are crammed together with little fresh air. The facilities are beautiful, the cafe is really great...and the parking is the usual expensive for Santa Monica - the branch on Ocean Park is just... More 

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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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217 reviews 217 reviews
42 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

First time ever to visit a library during a vacation; very nice place; good format to read magazines, check Internet via wifi, and just take a break from walking area; great location;

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Santa Monica
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90 reviews 90 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

In spite of being a hang out for the homeless this is a great place to pick up a book and read in a relaxed atmosphere. My favorite is picking up books "to go", the staff is friendly and helpfu. It is nice to know we can go someplace to read the written word.

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Santa Monica, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Santa Monica Library is a LEED Platinum building, one of the most sustainable libraries in the country. In addition to an amazing collection of library materials, this place has great FREE events every week, including movies, lectures, music recitals and farmers market panel series. The Friends of SM Library is one of the best kept secrets in town---$1 books for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I love the Santa Monica branch. Whenever I cannot find a book in other branches, I turn to Santa Monica. I also love visiting this branch, because they have a café and patio outside. Technically, it is with in the library in an outside patio area,so you can take your books outside. You can then buy a tea,coffee, and/or pastry... More 

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Pattaya, Thailand
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85 reviews 85 reviews
46 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Well designed open building which is accessible and informative. Sadly it is also the home of bathrooms which brings many less fortunate to hang out and sometimes weird out there but given the wealthy city's lack of anything much but places to sleep nearby for them means it can be more interesting than most libraries. The community rooms are used... More 

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New Delhi, India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This library has almost all that you can ask for. It has great seating, events, quiet rooms, internet access with ebooks and audiobooks. If you are resident or know a resident you can checkout items but even if you are not a resident you can attend the events and use the facilities.

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Santa Monica, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Santa Monica LIBRARY is an excellent source for it's wide range of books for check-out and an outstanding DVD movie rentals. You must be a Santa Monica RESIDENT to get a permanent card

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Monterey, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I have now relocated to Santa Monica and thrilled by the library here. It has recieved top level national recognition and rightfully so. Even if you are visiting, check the library's web site to see if there are any upcoming special events. Last week I attended an interview and book signing with Dawn Wells, Marianne from Gilligan's Island. She looked... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I go to a lot of libraries and this one is great. A cafe, comfy chairs, WiFi and a great location...just wish there was cheaper parking....hello invisible car!

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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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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