Address1130 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Collection Size: 37,000
Building Size (Square Feet): 3,172
Parking Spaces: 12
Year Opened / Expanded: 1951
Facilities & Services
Central Library is closed until further notice due to seismic safety issues.
Branch Libraries are open for in-person service.
All Pasadena Public Library meeting spaces are currently unavailable for reservation and use.
The remodeled Allendale Branch building, created as an isolation hospital in the 1920s, opened for library business in 1951. The adobe ranch-style building features a fireplace, wide windows with one door opening onto a fenced patio and the other to a picnic park area with playground. The small branch lacks a separate meeting room. Allendale Branch Library is a unique and exemplary neighborhood center, combining school, library, park and recreational resources.
Pasadena’s Central Library was designed by the firm of Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers, the architects of the Huntington Library and Occidental College. The Pasadena Central Library is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been the location for several major motion pictures. The facility is visited by an average of more than 55,000 people each month.
SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.
The Allendale Branch is a small branch with over 41,000 items in its collection. The library has a strong current popular fiction collection including bestsellers, science fiction, and romances. Additional strengths of the book collection are current biographies, paperback classics, and a growing young adult collection, including Cliffs notes, financial aid guides, and college guides. In 2014, Allendale debuted a special culinary collection.
Allendale’s location, adjacent to the Blair Middle and High School campuses, make it a popular place for kids of all ages. In addition to its general community audience, Allendale offers many services and events geared especially to kids age 12-17.