Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica

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  • All right, it's not the NY Public Library, they don't have every book ever printed, but for a small city library it surpasses expectations. Its clean, modern layout and decor is well lit and comfortab...  more »
  • Great collection, great amanities, great staff. And there is a large well-stocked used bookstore on the premises where most books are a dollar or two.  more »
  • computers, books and even a cafe inside with good food!! catch up on your emails always something going on there nicely designed building  more »
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  • Planning on going in a week and have been reading the reviews about the homeless issue. All I have to say is they are human and need help. If they are hanging out at the library then they are trying to stay out of trouble instead of being part of the problem why not start donating to the local shelters, contact the human services in the area and see how you can contribute. There are resources at this library to research grantees, learn to write grants and offer your services, raise money. Do something so they have more funding to help these vulnerable people. I understand your shortsightedness, I truly do but with the rising house prices and rental fees we have become and continue to be overwhelmed with people who have lost their homes and cannot afford to live anywhere. The circumstances and demographics have changed and no one is immune. We need to wake up and be of service.
  • If you are a Santa Monica resident, you must visit the Santa Monica Public Library and register for a membership. It's easy to forget that this incredible city service exists, so be sure to take advantage of it! The staff's customer service skills are outstanding and they are extremely eager to help. It is clear that they put a lot of research into the themed book displays, which is a great place to find a recommendation for your next read. There is free wifi, free computers are available, a cute cafe and it's very well-organized. Everything you'd expect from a well-funded library in an urban community. Pro Tip: - Download the Santa Monica Public Library app and receive access to thousands of digital and audio books! - Be kind and respectful to the homeless guests outside and inside of the facility
  • Disappointingly, the homeless community have taken over the use of the library. Too bad. It used to be an amazing place, years ago. Can't go there anymore. Nor do I want my tax dollars going towards the upkeep including paychecks to the employees who have supported this awful transformation.
  • The main library has an expansive collection that can be accessed onsite as well as online. If you have an account on their website, you can renew books with a simple click and also place books on hold!
  • Huge and organized. . Visited once and feel like a school's library quite and all available

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