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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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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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Way beyond research and book-borrowing...

Not being a resident of Santa Monica, and therefore not a borrower from its public library, I guess a review from me that thus cannot take account of the range and quality of its... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Agawam, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Not being a resident of Santa Monica, and therefore not a borrower from its public library, I guess a review from me that thus cannot take account of the range and quality of its book and other holdings must count slightly as false pretenses. So be it… I’m going to stick to writing a review and giving a five-star rating... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Clean, friendly space; helpful staff; big auditorium for special events and nice variety of events in the calendar.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This library is a stunning example of how to design a library for community needs. Great place to sit down and put your feet up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It's huge! And great for kids. There's a sweet little cafe in the tranquil center courtyard, where you can eat healthy or indulge in ice cream in between reads. They often have great events here from design to children's theatre, and the selection goes beyond books. Many audio books and movies are available and the price is right! (free) They... More 

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5 of 5 stars 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 (!!) running through it. Great place to sit and read or use some wifi. They have... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This one of the best public library I have been to. Wide collection, many sections to browse and places to sit. Nice courtyard for outside seating. Free parking for 2 hours.

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Ventura, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We were really happy with the service at Rusty's. Our appetizers came quickly and the portions were good! I think it was reasonably priced too, which was important to us. They had a pretty good band setting up as we were on our way out. I'd go back!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

After a great lunch in Santa Monica I decided to wind down by going to the Santa Monica Library. It topped off the afternoon just right and after that relaxation a stroll on the near by beach was delightful! Ahh, what a great way to finish a nice lunch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Remodeled and downtown santa monica. very new and attractive, with open interior courtyard and small cafe. family friendly and a nice place to hang out and enjoy the santa monica vibe. hard to park!!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I like buying my paper backs from the used book store at this library. They have good choices of books. When finished, I then donate them back to the store. The whole library has a nice ambiance. The only problem with the book store is they have limited hours.

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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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