Santa Monica Public Library

601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-458-8600

History:

In November 1890, Santa Monica town trustees accepted a donation of 800 books, forming the foundation for the nascent town library. On December 10, Elfie Mosse was appointed City Librarian. Located at Oregon Ave. (now Santa Monica Blvd.) and Third Street, two rooms in the Bank of Santa Monica building were set aside for the library. For the first 14 years, Elfie Mosse was the only staff, and she would lead the library until 1939.

Since those humble beginnings, the library has grown to become a system of five locations and over 400,000 volumes in the collections. Santa Monica Public Library offers a wide variety of programs for people of all ages and engages in a lively online presence. Much has changed in 125 years, but the tradition of service remains our cornerstone.

Mission Statement:

To provide resources, and a place to encourage the community to Read, Connect, Relax and Learn

Vision: 

  • Preserving the Past

  • Serving the Present

  • Shaping the Future

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