Central Library is closed due to seismic safety issues until further notice. Information and updates on the Central Library project are available on the Central Library Earthquake Retrofit and Building Repairs Project page

The following services and resources remain available:

  • Branch libraries are open for in-person service.
  • Librarians are available to provide assistance through telephone reference (626) 744-4066; or the web-based service, Ask Us! (at  http://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/questions-help/).
  • Our numerous digital resources are always available 24/7 at http://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/, including e-books and audiobooks; streaming TV, movie and music services; classes and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.
  • Visit our online calendar of events to find programs and events you can attend, either at the library or from home.
  • While some materials held at Central Library are currently unavailable, a number of items have been relocated to branch locations.
    • The Jefferson Branch Library Children and Teen Services offers programs, materials and services for children, teens and their families. See address, hours, and contact information at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/branches/jefferson-branch-childrens-and-teen-services/
    • Law Room databases provided through a partnership with LA Law Library, are currently available to use at Hastings Branch Library
    • Books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other circulating materials have been distributed to branch locations and are available. Remaining materials at Central Library are currently being transferred to off-site storage, which will make them available for checkout. Materials already transferred are visible in the catalog with a location of "Off-Site Storage" and holds can be placed for pickup at a branch library. This will include Reference materials, which will be available for hold and will be transferred for use inside a branch library building.
    • Innovation Lab equipment is being identified to relocate to branch library locations, including La Pintoresca, Jefferson, and Hastings, as well as other branches-please check our website and branch pages for updated information on available Innovation Lab equipment, programs and services.
    • STEAM kits, board games, video games and other circulating collections are relocated to and currently available at branch libraries.
    • Staff can in many cases assist with Pasadena history research and questions, please submit requests for research or enquire about local history materials at https://cityofpasadena.libanswers.com/ or call a branch library to make a request.
    • All branch locations offer public Internet computers for use (one session per user per day) with a Pasadena Public Library card, as well as circulating chromebooks and hotspots. Find out more at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/technology/
  • Visit our FAQ  for more information.

You can stay updated on the library by visiting our website and following our social media accounts @pasadenalibrary.

Pasadena Central Library

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On Feb. 6, 2023, City Council authorized a contract with Gruen Associates as the best-qualified design team made up of experienced engineers, architects, and historic preservation specialists to prepare environmental documents and construction drawings for the seismic retrofit and repair of the Central Library. Upon review of the retrofit design alternatives by the Technical Oversight Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Public Safety Committee , Public Works staff returned to City Council in Summer 2023 with a recommendation to approve a specific retrofit design.

At the meeting on Aug. 21, 2023, staff presented three earthquake retrofit approaches that were identified by the design team. The development of these three retrofit approaches were guided by goals and objectives established with input from library stakeholders, including the Mayor’s Technical Oversight Committee and various outreach events and surveys. Those goals include seismic performance, life safety, historic preservation, accessibility, function, upgrade, and public benefit. The City Council selected the Concrete Shear Wall earthquake retrofit approach and directed staff to proceed with a detailed design of the project.

 

Locations & Hours


Central Library


285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Please call a branch
for assistance
M: Closed F: Closed
Tu: Closed Sa: Closed
W: Closed Su: Closed
Th: Closed Holiday Hours

Allendale Branch


1130 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 744-7260
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

Hastings Branch


3325 East Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 744-7262
M: Open
10:00-7:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-7:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-7:00
Su: Open
1:00-5:00
Th: Open
10:00-7:00
Holiday Hours

Hill Avenue Branch


55 South Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 744-7264
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

Jefferson Branch Children and Teen Services


Exterior photo of Jefferson building
1500 E Villa St
Pasadena CA 91106
(626) 744-8046
Children's Room
(626) 744-4765
Teen Room
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Closed
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

La Pintoresca Branch


1355 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 744-7268
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

Lamanda Park Branch


140 South Altadena Dr
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 744-7266
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

Linda Vista Branch


1281 Bryant St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 744-7278
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

San Rafael Branch


1240 Nithsdale Rd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 744-7270
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

Santa Catalina Branch


999 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 744-7272
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Open
10:00-6:00
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

Villa Parke Community Center Branch


363 E Villa St
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-6510
M: Open
10:00-6:00
F: Open
10:00-6:00
Tu: Open
10:00-6:00
Sa: Closed
W: Open
10:00-6:00
Su: Closed
Th: Open
10:00-6:00
Holiday Hours

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