Assistive Technology

Computer workstations with JAWS visual enhancement software are available at the Central Library and La Pintoresca Branch. For further information, call (626)744-4066, and select option 7 for Reference at Central Library or call (626)744-7268 for La Pintoresca Branch.

The Central Library also has a magnification computer to enlarge printed text.

The Donald R. Wright Auditorium at the Central Library is equipped with a hearing loop system for patrons with a T-coil equipped hearing aid. If you do not have a T-Coil equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant but wish to benefit from our hearing loop system, please ask for a special headset at the check-out desk in the Main Hall.

Braille Services

In keeping with the mission of providing information services to all citizens in the community and in partnership with the Braille Institute Library, the Pasadena Public Library provides, for registered patrons of the Braille Institute, a small collection of cassette tapes from the Braille Institute and a replacement for damaged recorders held at the Lamanda Park Branch Library. This branch also has a small collection of Braille children’s books available.

California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines, and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.

Special Needs Resources for Families

Information about library and community resources for families who have children or teens with special needs. It also includes information that may be useful to researchers and educators who work in the fields of special education, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy. Also see information about our Sensory Storytime program for preschool age children with autism or sensory challenges.

Adult Literacy Materials

The La Pintoresca Branch has a special collection of books to promote adult literacy as well as self-guided literacy software on its adult literacy computers. Call La Pintoresca Branch at (626)744-7268 for more information.

For information regarding these programs and services contact the Library at (626) 744-4066.

Specialized Collections

Resources available at the Pasadena Public Library and Koch-Young Resource Center of the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center.

Search the Pasadena Public Library catalog to locate:

  • Large-print books
  • Closed-captioned DVDs
  • Music and spoken word recordings
  • Materials on the subject of disabilities

The following Life Skills software titles are available for use at the La Pintoresca Branch lab:

  • Personal Success: Hygiene, grooming and dressing skills
  • First Money: Learn the value of a dollar
  • Looking for Words: Community exploration
  • Community Success: Prepare for community outings
  • MatchTime: A basic program for learning to tell time
  • Stories and More: Time & Place

As part of a unique lending relationship with the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, registered borrows of the Koch-Young Resource Center may request delivery of their materials to one of three Pasadena Library branches, San RafaelHastings, or Lamanda Park. Please contact one of the listed branch libraries for further information.

Search the Koch-Young Resource Center catalog

Please call the Koch-Young Resource Center before dropping off materials:

Drop-off or Pick-up Locations and Times:

Hastings Branch
3325 East Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
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Phone: 626.744.7262
Pick-Up/Drop-Off Time: Saturday mornings between 11am – Noon

San Rafael Branch
1240 Nithsdale Road
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Phone: 626.744.7270
Pick-Up/Drop-Off Time: Saturday mornings between 10-11am

Lamanda Park Branch
140 South Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107
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Phone: 626.744.7266
Pick-Up/Drop-Off Time: Monday evenings between 5-6pm