The Santa Monica History Museum, located adjacent to the Santa Monica Main Library, features collections consisting…More 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.
The Ocean Park Branch is one of four Santa Monica Public Libraries and primarily serves residents on the south side…More 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: Montana Avenue Branch 1704 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA90403 Now in its 50th year, the Montana Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library serves the community's north side. The…More original iteration of this branch was located at a rented storefront space near 15th and Montana; on March 1, 1960, it reopened at its current location, which was designed by architect Weldon Fulton. The Montana Branch is accessible by the Big Blue Bus (Line 3) and the Crosstown Ride.
Santa Monica Public Library: Fairview Branch 2101 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA90405 The Fairview Branch serves Santa Monica, but in particular, the Sunset Park and Pico Neighborhood communities. A…More variety of programs geared toward children and adults—as well as Wi-Fi access and computers—make this library a popular destination. The Fairview Branch also has a wide collection of Spanish-language books and other materials, and offers bilingual programs and classes.
The Bookmark Café 501 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA90401 The Bookmark Café is located in the Santa Monica Public Library, on the ground floor near the west entrance. The…More café serves coffee and tea, breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and other beverages. In the center courtyard with outdoor tables, chairs and shade umbrellas, Bookmark is a great place to sit and read. There are few indoor tables, but they're nearly always in use. The cafe is clean and well-maintained, with friendly servers.
The always-bustling Main Library, the largest branch in the Santa Monica Public Library network, offers more than…More 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 Runner, The 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.