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Santa Monica Public Library

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Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501
Phone Number: +1 310-458-8600
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Such a peaceful place in the midst of the central tourist area

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 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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