Main Library to Open Saturdays and All Locations to Expand Evening Hours

August 22, 2023 3:30 PM
by Rachel Foyt

We heard you! The Main Library will now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, September 2, 2023.

At its June 27, 2023, meeting, Santa Monica City Council approved funding for further restoration of library hours. Expanded operating hours include Saturday service and operating hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday at the Main Library and evening hours until 8 p.m. at all branch locations. Operating hours will increase from 116 hours per week across five locations to 138 hours per week.

“We are excited and eager to restore Saturday hours at Main Library and evening hours at all locations during the week. Our library buildings are community centers filled with activities, materials, and opportunities for people to learn and connect with one another. Being open more hours allows us to contribute to our vibrant, engaged community in meaningful ways,” said Erica Cuyugan, Director of Library Services.

Come on in to browse the adult and youth collections; pick up holds; check out materials; use a computer, meeting, or study room; work or study in the new 2nd floor workspace; and interact with friendly, knowledgeable staff.

We are thrilled that programming for kids, teens, families, and adults will also return on Saturdays. Check out our September 2023 Calendar of Events or follow us on Instagram @santamonicalibr for more information.

Library Hours Beginning Saturday, September 2, 2023

Main Library / 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pico Branch / 2201 Pico Blvd.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
Noon to 8 p.m. 
Friday & Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Montana Avenue Branch / 1704 Montana Ave.
Tuesday & Thursday
Noon to 8 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open+ Self-Service Hours
Pre-authorization required for the following locations. Sign up at

Ocean Park Branch Self-Service / 2601 Main St. 
Noon to 8 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fairview Branch Self-Service
2101 Ocean Park Blvd. 
Noon to 8 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We invite you to explore the library in-person and virtually. For more information on programs and services offered at each Santa Monica Public Library location, visit our program page.  

Please reach out if you have questions. Library staff are available to assist you. Visit for our hours and locations. Call (310) 458-8600 or email  

Authored By

Rachel Foyt
Senior Administrative Analyst


Library, Programs