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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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Beautiful and Modern Library

The Santa Monica libraries are the nicest libraries I have visited. They are modern and clean.. They have really great year round programs.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Santa Monica libraries are the nicest libraries I have visited. They are modern and clean.. They have really great year round programs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is one of the true gems of Santa Monica. Beautiful architecture. Ultra modern facilities. This is the place to go lose yourself for an afternoon when the sun gets too hot. Great for kids!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Nice little local library on the border between Santa Monica and Venice. It's a friendly and convenient place, there are a few computers available too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Good little library only a short walk from the beach, free internet and use of computers. Lots of homeless people seem to use the Library for a sit down or in bad weather

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The Santa Monica Public Library is my go to cheer up location. I like to position myself in the art book section and glance at different books until I find one that captures my fancy and then I check out this books, and perhaps a CD to listen too. Also, I like to sit on the patio w/morning coffee and... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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