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“Beautiful”

Santa Monica Public Library
Ranked #16 of 108 things to do in Santa Monica
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

While the boys were having a guys day, my daughter and I came upon this beautiful library. The people of Santa Monica are really lucky. I believe its a quiet hidden gem. It also has a cute little cafe with nice outdoor seating and just along the corridor is a quaint museum with the history of the town. Great find!

Thank Loralei S
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I'm a reader and I have frequented libraries across the U.S. This is the nicest library that I have ever had the pleasure of using. It has something for everyone. One of the best sections of the library is designated just for teens. There are tables where students can use their computers and work quietly. It also has private study rooms. These are great for group projects.

As for the adults, you can borrow as many as 10 DVDs at a time. That's great free entertainment.

The library also has free presentations and lectures in the beautiful MLK auditorium. I've attended several of these and other workshops in the community rooms on the second floor.

It's a great space that's free, except the parking for families!

Thank Debra S
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Go to this Library on every visit it is the hive of activity the sheer size of the place could be overwhelming but on entry it is welcoming from smiling staff to a well stocked cafe serving light snacks to a main meal a book club manned by volunteers where you can buy paperbacks for 50 cents hardbacks form a dollar plus. They wheel out on a regular basis a trolley of free books to take as many as you like.

Thank Pauline T
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

This library has it all. Lots of great special events, a kids section that is slightly separated from the general populace which is nice and also there are computers for kids, etc. There is a central outdoor courtyard with a cafe to sit and work, wifi throughout and you can reserve private study rooms. It's a great resource and a pleasant place to go.

Thank AFoolForTravel
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

The main branch is spectacular. Bright, cheery and filled with every book title you can name. Free computer use. Affordable printing. Lots of free programs & lectures. User friendly. I love this place. The satellite branches are okay, but cannot compare with the main branch on Santa Monica Blvd & 6th St.

Thank cuppajoe2
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