Address3325 East Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
Collection Size: 53,903
Meetings Room Seats: 35
Building Size (Square Feet): 7,800
Parking Spaces: 33
Year Opened / Expanded: 1959/1967
Facilities & Services
The eighth and last Pasadena Public Library Branch to be founded, the Hastings Branch building opened its doors on Feb. 17, 1959. Its creation completed Pasadena’s plan to bring library service within a mile of every home in the city.
Demand for books, particularly children’s books, quickly exceeded the supply. Students flocked to the library for help with their assignments and on some evenings, every seat in the library was filled. In April 1967, a necessary addition to the library was completed, nearly doubling the size of the public area and providing twice the parking.
Hastings Branch serves seven elementary schools and eight preschools and one high school in the immediate area, offering outreach storytimes and library skills lessons or in-library visits with book checkout.
Services and Programs
Hastings offers monthly book groups. For more information and meeting dates, see the branch calendar on this page, or book groups at all branches.
Hastings offers an afternoon storytime. For more information about storytimes and other programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, see the branch calendar on this page, or visit our Library Calendar.
LA Law Library Databases
In partnership with the LA Law Library, online resources including HeinOnline, EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center (a collection of electronic editions of Nolo Press guides), LexisAdvance, and more, are available at Hastings Branch Library, where they were relocated from the Central Library Law Room.
Hastings Branch Collection
Over 64,000 items are held at Hastings, including reference and circulating books, periodicals, audiobook CDs and music CDs. Hastings has strong popular fiction, picture book, folk and fairytale, home arts, travel, and biography collections. There is a small Spanish language collection.
All Pasadena Public Library meeting spaces are currently unavailable for reservation and use.
The meeting room accommodates up to 35 people. There are tables and chairs available for a variety of set-up possibilities. Use of the meeting room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership.
Hastings is the only Pasadena site to intershelve adult and juvenile non-fiction books for easy access.