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Santa Monica Public Library

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Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501
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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Great Library

The downtown location is a fantastic local library. The one in downtown Santa Monica is the main one and they have quite a selection. They also have a bookstore and a cafe. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The downtown location is a fantastic local library. The one in downtown Santa Monica is the main one and they have quite a selection. They also have a bookstore and a cafe. I enjoy sitting at the cafe outside. The library is a really comfortable place, the cafe is nice to sit at -if you want to go to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

It's clean , beautiful and spacious . there is an outdoor cafe , a small theatre & community events . a nice place to read , study or have coffee with a friend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

There's always lots to do for kids of all ages at the various Santa Public Libraries. The main library in downtown Santa Monica has a cafe, too.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Movies night. Concerts. Talks. Snack in the garden. Great kids corners, books in many languages. The staff is very helpful. The building itself is very interesting. Great place to peace out, read your favorite magazines, your out of town newspapers, and let the kids enjoy their magic corner.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

This is a really nice library with a huge selection of books and a nice cafe that has simple sandwiches, salads, beverages, etc. that they make on site. It is well organized, the staff is very helpful and it is my first choice of libraries to go to when I am looking for a book. There are nice tables that... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

It's often busy. Tried to use community computers several times and couldn't reserve a spot. The selection of books is good. The attached Santa Monica history museum has good exhibits.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

An open, airy building, with cafe attached, helps to create an ambience that is both quiet and lively. Staff are unusually knowledgable and attentive. Children's room is a special treat.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

I was there only for a few hours, but I found the reference desk to be so helpful in my search for books pertaining to a book I am writing. I could not have done it without the librarian's help. I am a big proponent of libraries and when I lived in Santa Monica, during the time of the old... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

This main branch of the Santa Monica library is modern and spacious. There's a small courtyard with a cafe where you can buy some snacks and drinks and read outside. The free wifi is consistently available, but gets slow on weekends when there are a lot of people using it. There is quite a lot of seating with some comfortable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

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.

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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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