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Santa Monica History Museum
1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Santa Monica History Museum, located adjacent to the Santa Monica Main Library, features collections consistingMore of records, documents, oil paintings, photographs, memorabilia and other items of historical interest. More than 600,000 photos and 7,000 original property deeds from the Los Angeles County Recorder are included in the collection.

The museum - which opened its city-provided permanent location on October 24, 2010 - also houses a research library that is open to the public on an appointment basis. It hosts free docent-led tours and additional programs.

The Santa Monica History Museum has been operating since 1975, serving to preserve the history of the city. It was previously known as the Santa Monica Historical Society.

Santa Monica Public Library: Ocean Park Branch
2601 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Ocean Park Branch is one of four Santa Monica Public Libraries and primarily serves residents on the south sideMore of the city - as well as individuals who live in neighboring Venice.

The library may be on the small side, but it's the closest one to the water (just two blocks away) - and the most historic: The Ocean Park Branch is the only one left that still has its original Carnegie Library architecture.

Santa Monica Public Library: Main Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The always-bustling Main Library, the largest branch in the Santa Monica Public Library network, offers more thanMore just a vast collection of books and audiovisual items. The newly renovated library offers a wide array of services for people of all ages and, even more exceptionally, is shining example of environmental friendliness.

Since opening in January 2006, the Main Library has become well-regarded in the Santa Monica community for its speaking engagements with pre-eminent authors like Ray Bradbury and Khaled Hosseini, free movie screenings and concerts, and a broad array of programs and classes for all ages. The library also hosts political gatherings, activities related to the Farmers Market and private events.

The Main Library hosts programs for children (story hour, puppet shows, crafts); teens (anime screenings, makeup workshops, poetry slams); and adults (readings, live performances, visual presentations). The Main Library also offers classes on English as a Second Language (ESL), computer literacy, career transitioning and more.

Santa Monica Citywide Reads, a free program that encourages the community--and visitors--to bond over one particular title each year, is headquartered at the Main Library. The community reading program began in 2003, and an Advisory Committee consisting of librarians, members of the library bookstore, city commissioners and teachers picks the focal book after soliciting suggestions from the community. Past selections have included The Kite RunnerThe Time Traveler's Wife and The Shadow Catcher.

Anyone making donations to the Santa Monica Public Library is encouraged to bring the materials to the Main Library. The majority of donations are transferred to the Friends of the Library Bookstore, a nonprofit, in-house organization whose proceeds directly benefit the SMPL. Hundreds of items are donated per day.

In addition to featuring an outdoor patio, a cafe and a movie theater, the 104,000-square-foot library received a Gold Rating from the US Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System. It is the second major Santa Monica facility deliberately constructed to reduce the building's negative environmental impact.

Los Angeles Superior Court: Santa Monica Courthouse
1725 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The notorious location of trials and court proceedings for celebrities including O.J. Simpson, Lindsay Lohan andMore Michael Jackson, the Santa Monica Courthouse is located a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. Offices include the Sheriff Department, probation, small claims, traffic, family law and alternative dispute resolution, among others. In addition to 18 courtrooms, the two-story structure also houses a domestic-violence clinic, legal-aid foundation and law library.
Framm and Company
2667 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Framm and Company features a collection of antique and one-of-a-kind home furnshings and vintage women's apparel andMore jewelry. The store also carries a library of art and design books.