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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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Great library

Check the schedule you might catch a good speaker or a children's book hour. A perfect venue to take a little break from sight seeing for tourists and just catch up on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Check the schedule you might catch a good speaker or a children's book hour. A perfect venue to take a little break from sight seeing for tourists and just catch up on the non-electronic world for locals. Return to the library, you will be glad you did. I go when ever I am in town it's a fabulous resource.

Thank EZGoingTraveler10001
Malibu, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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. Airy & bright. Easy parking. Free wifi BAD: If not a Santa Monica resident, they... More 

Thank SanMo
Santa Monica, California
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding design and selection of everything a library has from computers (always popular so you may have to get on the wait list), magazines, books, CD's, books on CD, kids library, used book store, cafe, and even free books sometimes when they give away discards.

Thank Tom R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Quickly, cool and peaceful. The staff were lovely and friendly especially Brian. You get great views from the higher floors as well so enjoy the sunset while reading a book!

Thank Rubincain
Waimea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

I love books and I was very happy when I went into this library. The staff was very helpful and I was able to get a considerable amount of work done. Please support our libraries we are lucky to have ones as nice as these.

Thank livelovexplore
Santa Monica, California
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is a really beautiful and modern library. There are so many wonderful amenities. They also host many community programs.

Thank smadhure
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Such a great library! Parking is reasonable, and if you're out of time, you can always place your books on hold online and pick it up one or two days later. They're also dangerously close to DKS Donuts. *sigh*

Thank cowgirl4788
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Cool and hushed just as it should be. Check the architecture too.it is great to see a public facility like this so busy but given the extent of this collection it is no real surprise.

Thank John M
Marina Del Rey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

It's a library. You have to run a gauntlet of Santa Monica's homeless asking for money to get out of the parking lot and into the library. It is painful to see them all and does not add to the ambience. The building looks like a prison, but less cheerful.

Thank bokertov1
Agawam, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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