Pico Branch Library reopens for personal service and other program launches

November 15, 2021 10:27 AM

SANTA MONICA, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is pleased to welcome visitors to the Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Blvd., starting Wednesday December 1, 2021.

“The Santa Monica Public Library is a vibrant place for learning, enrichment, and connection. We couldn’t be more excited to reopen our beloved Pico neighborhood and to welcome our customers back to the facility, ”said Interim Library Director Erica Cuyugan.“ Our team is focused on activating services to meet the needs of the community It was heartwarming to see our youth and families come back for safe, personal programs. ”

Library visitors can look forward to:

  • Browse through the adult and youth collection,
  • Collection of library holdings,
  • Use the computer for up to 30 minutes
  • Access to learning spaces,
  • Check out materials and
  • in dealing with employees.

There’s also more to expect as the library continues on its step-by-step approach to reopening, restoring minimal personal programming and operations, as well as piloting a self-service model in the Ocean Park branch. Smaller funding from grants and the city’s budget for fiscal year 2021-2023 have allocated resources to introduce some expanded services and hours of operation and open up the second floor of the main library for browsing.

Limited personal programs and stories for children and families have been restored in the main library and Pico branch.

The opening times have been extended to 5 p.m. in the main library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and in the Pico branch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and on the first Saturday of the month at both locations.

The best way to make the most of your time in the library is to plan your trip. Wear a face mask and know the books or resources you want to read or explore.

If you have any questions about returning to the Pico branch, speak to one of our dedicated library staff.

New opening times of the library:

Main library (Personal service)

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

Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pico Branch (Personal Service begins Wednesday December 1st)

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

Thursday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Store on Montana Avenue (Pick-up at the roadside)

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 strive to provide safe facilities for their visitors and staff. The library rooms have been redesigned to create a detached and welcoming environment. We invite you to explore the library in person and virtually. For more information about hours and services offered at each Santa Monica Public Library location, visit smpl.org/reopening.

Please contact us if you have any questions. The friendly library staff are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call (310) 458-8600 or email [email protected].


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