Pasadena Public Library Offers Curbside Pickup Service

PASADENA, Calif.—With the opening of local retail for curbside pickup, Pasadena Public Library began piloting curbside pickup service at Central Library on May 12. The service is offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library’s North parking lot, 285 E. Walnut St.

Each patron is contacted individually and informed that the materials they have placed on hold are ready for pickup. They are then given instructions as to when and where to pick them up. Upon arrival, they are directed to park and either phone or text library staff to alert them to their arrival. Library staff then place their reserved materials on a table adjacent to their parking spot and step back, observing physical distancing protocol. The library patron then steps out and picks up the holds materials. Book returns are also accepted and can be returned in the nearby book drops.

This pilot program has been very successful. During the first week, May 12 – 15, 155 individuals picked up 382 items. This is a true testimony to how much library patrons value Pasadena public libraries.

The curbside pickup program is just for library holds and currently only in operation at Central Library. Plans to expand curbside pickup service to the branches are in the works and will be announced soon.

To place library materials on hold, visit Library staff is also providing reference service via phone—(626) 744-4066, option 7—and email,

Whereas all Pasadena Public Library buildings remain closed as a precautionary measure to protect our community members from novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pasadena virtual library is available 24/7 for access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, research, streaming movies/TV, and more. For more information, call (626) 744-4066.

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