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Main Library to Reopen for "Limited In-Person Service" June 1

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By Lookout Staff

May 13, 2021 -- More than 14 months after it was shuttered during the coronavirus shutdown, Santa Monica's Main Library will reopen June 1, although patrons must keep their visits brief, City officials announced Thursday.

The "limited in-person service" -- which requires wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing and limiting capacity -- includes browsing the first-floor collection, checking out items and picking up held items.

Patrons can also use public computers for no more than 30 minutes, make copies on a printer and have brief interactions with staff.

Library Services Director Patty Wong called the reopening “another significant milestone in our recovery.”

Before visting the library, patrons should plan their trip and "know the books or resources (they'd) like to check out or explore," Wong said.

Library officials suggest that parons make their visits "quick and efficient, follow posted signage and adhere to Library capacity limits."

Library spaces have been reconfigured "to provide safe and welcoming environments while aligning the Library with the best practices of public libraries," officials said.

In July, "the phased approach to reopening continues" when the Ocean Park Branch, 2601 Main Street, opens through "a unique self-service model," officials said.

The model allows patrons "access to the Library collection, self-checkout of items, holds pick-up, and public computer use."

Curbside Pickup Service will continue at the Montana Avenue Branch and Pico Branch Libraries throughout the summer, officials said.

For more information on hours and services offered at each Santa Monica Public Library location, visit

For more information on curbside pickup visit For general and reference questions call 310-458-8600 or email

Staff is available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Library’s digital services are available 24/7 through the Online Library.

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