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The latest Strategic Plan news, project status updates and inspirational messages.

SRP 2018 Results

Santa Monica – The 88th Annual Summer Reading Program has officially ended, and the results are...
September 5, 2018

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Santa Monica – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. A big welcome to soon to be...
September 1, 2018

Youth Fine Free Library Cards

On July 2, 2018 Santa Monica Public Library started a new initiative designed to encourage...
July 17, 2018

Santa Monica Reads 2018 Highlights

  Santa Monica, CA –  Saturday, June 16, 2018 marked the end of the Santa...
June 18, 2018


Learn about the process, how we got here and where we're going.



The Santa Monica Public Library embarked on a strategic planning process in October 2014. With approval from the Library Board on September 10, 2015  and by City Counil on December 8, 2015, the library Strategic Plan was now ready to begin implementation. Read the City Council Report.


The information-gathering and planning process included a series of 11 community forums, a month-long city-wide survey, a retreat and meetings with the Library Board, and 14 updating sessions with Library staff. The formation of a Library Innovation Technology Task Force, provided insight advice and support to the Library through Strategic Planning Recommendations.



Currently, the Library is updating and realigning Strategic Plan focus areas to revitalize the existing plan to better serve the community of Santa Monica.


The Library is committed to building community and empowering residents by creating meaningful relationships with community partners. In addition to providing quality core services such as as access to information, research and literacy support, the Library inspires lifelong learning through diverse collections and programs.



The core concepts, which emerged through the public process, continue to inform and shape library policy and operations in the next three years and are congruent with the Council’s Engaged & Thriving Community Framework Priority of promoting lifelong learning and educational partnerships as well as supporting the City’s Cradle to Career Initiative and Wellbeing Project.  As part of implementation the library created a Strategic Planning Implementation Team whose charge it is to align projects and initiatives to the focus areas.

Strategic Planning Documents

Learn more about the process.


From the Director

Patty Wong
Director of Library Services

On behalf of the Library Board, the Library staff, and myself, I welcome you to the Santa Monica Public Library.

The Santa Monica Public Library is a vibrant learning center that offers the latest tools and technology to support learning for school, career, and life success. We provide quality core services such as access to information, research support and local history resources. The Library inspires lifelong learning through our diverse collections and programs.

The Main Library and its four Branch Libraries have played a vital role in enhancing the welfare of the community since the Library’s founding in 1890. As a wellbeing cultivator the Library is committed to supporting Santa Monica as a learning community by providing tools and experiences that stimulate intellectual exploration. Any California resident can obtain a free Santa Monica Public library card.

Our goal is to provide a Library environment that is comfortable, engaging and welcoming which, offers a vibrant Library experience for people to read, connect, relax, and learn.

Library staff and resources are expanding beyond the walls of the Library facilities to meet people at community festivals and Library pop-ups. Increased use of mobile technology and outreach services are also playing a part. The Library, whether physical, digital or out in the community, fuels learning, wellbeing and connection.

Library Boardmembers and staff are committed to building community and empowering residents by creating meaningful relationships with community partners. The Library team continues to collaborate with community experts to enhance programs and services. Together, our collective efforts provide the resources necessary for community members to thrive and succeed in life.

I invite you to contribute your input about the Library, its services and programs.  We are proud of our commitment to community, inclusivity, and diversity. We value your comments and believe that your feedback will directly impact the Library’s level of success in the community.

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