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Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica

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Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 110 reviews on the web
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  • 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 ab...  read more »
  • Clean, comfortable, modern. Sometimes meetings are held with different interesting people. Recommend to use.
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  • 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...  read more »
  • I am giving this 4 stars but it would have gotten 5 but they have a homeless problem. Its not their fault the cool quiet building serves as a safe place to escape the heat for the homeless that don't have a place to go. So at times the smell can be bad depending where your sitting. The police do come in to make random sweeps and make sure they dont stay to sleep. But theres nothing they really can do
  • This is The Library Nicely done better stuff has a cafe it feels like a college campus and it has an auditorium a museum and more educational things like if we're a college campus it's very quiet makes it a perfect place to study this is my new home sweet library I left East LA library for good so I come here because this library feels like right at home
  • I want to love this library so badly, but several things make it a poor option for studying or working. First, the study room reservations are highly competitive, so if you haven't planned a few days in advance, you must scour the library for open seating, which is often occupied within 5 minutes after the door opens in the morning by people who intend to stay until the library closes. Second, the wifi is often slow, making it difficult to access files with large data or high resolution. Third, the coffee/cafe options are minimal, meaning, even if you do find a seat in the morning, you certainly won't have one when you return from scavenging for something to eat.
  • Bring cash for anything. Preferably ones. Parking is max $10 (cards accepted here) but when i needed cash for the computers the lady gave me this dirty look like I was in the wrong for asking. She did it but with attitude. Great food court but a fairly high minimum purchase on cards. A lot of people making noise in the computer are and apparently it's a daily thing that this lady pulls the fire alarm?
  • The design is really great. There is a lovely outdoor space with a café. Pros: very nice staff, nicely laid out, separate area for young people and kids. They also have a little bookstore where you can buy books. And they always have a rack of free books and I have found some really cool things there before. They also have a nice auditorium. Con: and it's a biggie! There are a lot and I mean A LOT of homeless people that tend To be the druggie bad sort. I wouldn't mind so much if they were just homeless and benign but there are some pretty scary people there. I never let my son go there alone.
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