A membership card from your Santa Monica Public Library can open up a world of free entertainment, education, and training for you. We’re not just talking about checking out books or CDs either. Your Santa Monica Public Library membership gives you access to free digital media streaming services, homework help for children and teens, and much more!
Stream and Download Free Audiobooks, Movies, Music, E-Books and More!
Watch or Listen! You can stream up to six movies, television shows, music albums, and other forms of digital content per month through Hoopla.
Read! You can enjoy access to digital copies of e-Books, magazines, newspapers, and journals through a number of content providers including OverDrive, RBdigital, BiblioBoard, Sesame Street Books, and Tumblebooks.
Learn and Enjoy With These Resources for Adults!
Learn a new language! You can also improve your language skills with Mango Languages.
Get tutored! You can receive tutoring through apps like Brainfuse.
Learn computer skills through hands-on instructional classes. These classes range from computer basics for first time users to more advanced topics like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Classes are held at most library branches and are updated regularly on the computer class schedule.
Join a book group at any of the branches of the Santa Monica Public Library. Each branch has a number of book discussion groups, including the annual citywide reading program Santa Monica Reads. All book group events can be found on the event calendar.
Be social! Connect with adults 50+ years and older with The Living Room. Initiated in 2008, The Living Room is a program designed bring Baby Boomers together and make the library a central hub where the can connect and learn.
Get help with grants and nonprofit organizations. The Santa Monica Public Library offers a collection of directories for grants foundations, and also offers access to databases for grant seekers such as the Foundation Directory Online Professional. The Santa Monica Public Library also offers access to GuideStar, a searchable database of all U.S. nonprofit organizations.
Find Resources for Teens and Children!
Help your teen prepare for college. The Santa Monica Public Library offers a large number of free college prep courses, mock college admissions, and ACT/SAT prep classes. These events vary between branches and can be found on the calendar.
Explore volunteer opportunities for your teen. There are two separate volunteer programs available for your teen: the Teen Volunteer Program, and the Teen Advisory Council. The Teen Volunteer Program is an opportunity for teens in grades 8 – 12 to volunteer in the library by assisting the librarians. The Teen Advisory Council serves as the voice of teens in the library community. The Council plans and sponsors teen events at the library and gives input and suggestions regarding material in the Young Adult section.
Disabled patrons get special services.
Enjoy great accessibility with devices and systems for those with visual or audial impairments. Your Santa Monica Library Card gives you access to a number of assistive devices at each branch, including large print keyboards, Optelec Viewing Machines, TTY Terminals, and assisted listening devices. Sign language interpreters may also be arranged for any Santa Monica Library Events by contacting Reference@smgov.net.
Homebound library guests can also receive home delivery of services through the Shut-In Service program.