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Santa Monica Public Library

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Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501
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+1 310-458-8600
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10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
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What a library!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Connecticut
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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Thank MarilynLA
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank LAVict0ria
Santa Monica, California
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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. The children programs are fantastic as well as special events during the year including music... More 

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South Jordan, Utah
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

How Sad i found it When just to simply use the Library, they Wanted $2.00 for One Hour on the Computer, Parking in the Library also required a Parking meter toll charge. Their was NO FREE Parking, NO FREE GUEST LIBRARY CARD FOR COMPUTERS. The Location was Clean and Appeared to Be Safe like most Libraries

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Aside from the homeless that hang out near the entrance, don't let that deter you. On this my second visit to this library for research (thank you Alice and the team of reference librarians), I was able to hone right in on what I wanted to do and spent a few hours the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 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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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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