Pico Branch Library Reopens for In-Person Services and More Programs Kick Off

November 15, 2021 10:27 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Santa Monica Public Library is excited to welcome patrons back inside the Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Blvd., beginning Wednesday, December 1 2021, for in-person services another milestone in Santa Monica’s recovery. 

"The Santa Monica Public Library is a vibrant space for learning, enrichment, and connections. We couldn't be more thrilled to reopen our beloved branch in the Pico neighborhood and welcome our patrons back inside the facility,” said Interim Library Director Erica Cuyugan. “Our team is focused on activating services to meet community needs. It has been heartwarming to see our youth and families come back for safe, in-person programs.” 

Library visitors can look forward to: 

There’s also more to look forward to as the Library continues its phased approach to reopening by restoring minimal in-person programming and operations as well as piloting a self-service model at the Ocean Park Branch. Minor funding from grants and the City’s Fiscal Year 2021-2023 budget have provided resources to introduce some expanded services and hours, as well as open the Main Library’s second floor for browsing. 

Limited in-person programming and story time for children and families have been restored at the Main Library and the Pico Branch. 

Operating hours have been expanded to 5 p.m. at the Main Library on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and at the Pico Branch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as on the first Saturday of the month at both locations. 

The best way to make the most of your time at the Library is to plan your trip. Wear a face mask and know the books or resources you’d like to check out or explore. 

If there are any questions you have about returning to the Pico Branch, reach out to one of our dedicated Library staff. 

New Library Hours: 

Main Library (In-person Service) 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & the first Saturday of the month 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Thursday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Pico Branch (In-person service begins Wednesday, December 1) 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday &  the first Saturday of the month 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Thursday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Montana Avenue Branch (Curbside Pickup) 

Tuesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Thursday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Ocean Park Branch (Self-Service) 

Pre-authorization required. Sign up at smpl.org/SelfServiceHours

Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

The City and the Library are committed to providing safe facilities for patrons and staff. Library spaces have been reconfigured to provide distanced and welcoming environments. We invite you to explore the Library in-person and virtually. For more information on hours and services offered at each Santa Monica Public Library location, please visit smpl.org/reopening

Please reach out if you have questions. Friendly Library staff are available to assist you Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Call (310) 458-8600 or email reference@santamonica.gov

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