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funding for books, CDs, videos, movies, furniture, children's & youth services programs; new technology & preserving historical documents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

April 18th Is Our Next Science Series Lecture

Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Death and Dying


Death has been a taboo subject in our society for far too long. Please join us at the MLK auditorium for a session with Laurel Lewis, R.N. on Saturday, April 18 at 2 PM. Her talk  could truly change the way you think about life and death. Laurel removes the confusion, fear and denial that most people experience when thinking about death and dying.  She discusses health care choices available at the end of life, as well as the ideas, philosophies and options for caring for people during this stage.   Become more informed about your own eventual departure and learn how you can gracefully bear witness to the dying process of someone you love. Laurel Lewis is a Registered Nurse, has a B.S. in Nursing, and an MS in Spiritual Counseling. She has worked in the health care field for over 20 years, and is currently a hospice nurse. Laurel smiles a lot.

HO HO HO Happy Holidays from The Friends!

Get Ready For… Clash of the Titans: The Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy

Don’t miss Dr. Michael Rich’s 2 PM talk on colliding galaxies this Saturday (Nov. 8) at the library’s MLK auditorium if you want to experience an amazing and beautiful preview of what will happen when the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies meet head-on.
UCLA Research Astronomer Rich is now leading an international team studying the formation and development of the Milky Way.  Read more about his work here http://newsroom.ucla.edu/dept/faculty/ucla-to-lead-nsf-funded-map-of-the-milky-ways-central-bulge

Astronomers tell us that examinations of distant galaxies show us what the cosmos looked like at an earlier time in the history of the universe. Studying the properties of galaxies at different time spans helps us map the evolution of the world.