February 2012

Friends of the Library table at the Digital Bookmobile event.

April 2007

Taiko drumming at A Million More celebration.

May 2012

James Webb Space Telescope program speaker Dr. Mark Clampin.

March 2010

Montana Ave. Branch 50th Anniversary celebration.

  • Who are the friends

    We are a nonprofit, community organization established for charitable and educational purposes. Our members support the library through fund raising and volunteer activities.

  • What we do

    We operate and manage the SMPL book store and branch library book sales. We encourage public use and support of the library. We supplement funding for books, CDs, videos, movies, furniture, children's & youth services programs; new technology & preserving historical documents

  • Friends money at work

    Your money helps us to sustain these successful, ongoing projects: Citywide Reads, Additions to Santa Monica's Image Archive Collection, Library Staff Recognition Events, Mailings of Friends Newsletter Check-It-Out, Volunteer Recognition Celebration.

Friends News

Our Amazing Summer Reading Program Has Exploded!

Our science-themed summer reading program exploded this year!  The final stats have been tabulated and submitted to the State Library.  Here’s some highlights.


Our Science Themed Summer Reading Program

There are many people who helped with this success.  Thank you to …

The Friends of the Library for summer funding—we couldn’t do it without their amazing support
Our dedicated pages for keeping our shelves stocked with books during the busy summer
Circulation staff for service with a smile and checking out thousands of books to kids and teens
LSOs for our many program setups
Community partners and businesses who donate prizes and incentives
Branch managers for supporting summer reading and letting it take over their branches for 3 months
IMD staff for cataloging and processing hundreds and hundreds of  summer reading books so quickly
The Advocacy Team for eye-catching mini-posters on the book carts to promote the program
Library Administration  for processing all of our summer supply orders and performer checks, and assisting with the Teen Party
And to the tireless team of youth librarians who work many months each year to make summer reading even better than the last

The Bookstore’s sales reach 95K

The bookstore ends its 9th Fiscal Year with sales amounting to about $95,000.  The year was a  good one,  with the book store enabling the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library to sponsor programs for the library and the Santa Monica Community.  This most satisfying contribution to our library is only achieved with the help of our amazing volunteers.   Thanks to every volunteer who makes the bookstore a working addition to the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.

The Complete Costume History – Rare Book

The Friends Bookstore had a new rare book come in.   It is a beautiful book of costumes.  The Complete Costume History by Auguste Racinet was originally published in France between 1876-1888. This edition is quite large at 18x12x5 and is nearly 10 pounds.  It is in almost new condition.  We are asking $75. Please contact the Friends Bookstore for more information.