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



To ensure our system continues to be among the finest library systems in California, the Santa Monica Public Library embarked on a strategic planning process in October 2014.


The Strategic Planning Steering Committee met regularly throughout this process and utilized the findings gleaned from these activities and from a survey of current library literature. In August, a Strategic Plan was completed. There are four strategic focus areas: Vibrant Learning Center; Wellbeing Cultivator; Dynamic Third Place and Community and Cultural Connector.



The information-gathering 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. Two hundred one people attended and gave feedback at community forums held in each neighborhood library.


A Library Innovation Technology Task Force consisting of entrepreneurs, innovators and educators from the community was also formed to provide insight, advice and support regarding the role of technology and innovation in 21st century library service and on the technology and learning needs of Santa Monica residents and business. Read more about it.



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 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 Learn & Thrive Strategic Goal of promoting lifelong learning and educational partnerships as well as support 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.


About the new City Librarian.

Patty Wong
City Librarian

City Manager Rick Cole has selected Patricia Wong as the new Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) system. Wong comes to Santa Monica after three decades of library service in northern California. For the last nine years, she served as the Yolo County Library Director.

Before her tenure leading the nine locations of the Yolo County Library system, Wong was the Deputy Director of Library Services of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. There, she managed the daily operations of the Central Library and its 12 branches. She has also held positions as Library Program Manager for Children’s Services in the Oakland Public Library and Supervising Librarian and Children’s Librarian for the Berkeley Public Library.

Wong has co-authored nearly a dozen publications and has held many elected posts for national organizations such as the American Library Association, the United States Board on Books for Young People, and the Chinese American Librarians Association. She has also held a part-time faculty position at San Jose State University’s iSchool of Library and Information Science. In 2013, she received the California Library Association’s Member of the Year Award.

Wong holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UC Berkeley.

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