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Santa Monica Public Library

601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501
+1 310-458-8600
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Big library but doubles as a homeless shelter

There is a good selection of books. And you could also pick up some bargains in the secondhand... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Santa Monica, California
Good place

I have been their with my grandchildren looking for book and video's and never had a problem... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Santa Monica, California
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  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501
Santa Monica
+1 310-458-8600
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There is a good selection of books. And you could also pick up some bargains in the secondhand bookstore. Set against this is the fact that the entrance on Santa Monica Blvd. was nearly blocked by homeless people. And there were also homeless people sleeping...More

Thank vincemc
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been their with my grandchildren looking for book and video's and never had a problem finding them. I have been their for meetings and find it to be a good space. I have been their for screenings and panel discussions.

Thank blantry
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This was a cute little library! I don't have a library card but I really enjoyed the local history information inside.

Thank tink8009
Reviewed 15 July 2017

SMPL is a wonderful library system with 4 branches and also the main library on 6th Street , therefore 5 branches. We go to the main library frequently, and it's a wonderful library.

Thank katethecook33
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I tend to travel a lot for work, and sometimes I want to work someplace other than a cafe. The library is clean and modern, and their free wi-fi meets my needs. It's a good place to work if you need some peace and quiet.

Thank Tim_Maliyil
Reviewed 18 March 2017

People very helpful at this library. Being able to access the audiobooks online as well as if there is a problem you can get some pretty good help. The library is on 6th street and Santa Monica Blvd. making it an easy walk to the...More

Thank 1traveladdictblog
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This library has very helpful staff, comfortable seating areas and a lot of them. good lighting and a wonderful used bookstore with great prices. Forget Barnes and Noble, come here to browse.

Thank Cynthia C
Reviewed 26 January 2017

They are always helpful and cordial. I often order via their site, and pick up from there. The parking in back is metered but there is no free parking in this Montana area.

Thank MarilynLA
Reviewed 5 January 2017

What would life be like without a good library? Our Santa Monica Library is truly wonderful. Such selection of books, music and movies. Always so much to choose from.

Thank LAVict0ria
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Given the amount of homeless citizens that use this space, it is really quite clean. They do a nice job of allowing people a place to rest as long as nobody is disruptive. The library keeps everything current including book selections, DVDs and popular magazines....More

Thank Wiscostef
Santa Monica
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
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