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Santa Monica Public Library

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Santa Monica
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Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2501
Phone Number:
+1 310-458-8600
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
Fee: No

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Nice and modern library with decent wi-fi

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... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 20 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
Santa Monica, California
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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 beach.

Thank 1traveladdictblog
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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
Santa Monica, California
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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
Los Angeles
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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
Santa Monica, California
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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 

Thank Wiscostef
South Jordan, Utah
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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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Reviewed 19 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 

Thank MeMeDaVinci
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 29 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 

Thank HappyTravelersJD
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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.

Thank Buckynjumbo

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