Hill Avenue Branch

55 South Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 744-7264

M: Open
F: Open
Tu: Open
Sa: Open
W: Open
Su: Closed
Th: Open
Holiday Hours

Collection Size: 32,109

Building Size (Square Feet): 4,752

Parking Spaces: 11

Year Opened / Expanded: 1925

Branch Overview

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The current Hill Avenue Branch building, the oldest in the Pasadena Public Library system, was designed by Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury, and opened May 6, 1925. The building’s historical architecture has been maintained throughout the years and is listed in the City of Pasadena’s Cultural Heritage Landmarks.

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Services and Programs

Book Groups

PPL's Online Book Group is based out of Hill Avenue Branch  Library. For current information on dates and titles, or for information on all book groups at the Library, see the calendar on this page or book groups at all branches.


For more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, see the branch calendar on this page, or visit our Library Calendar.


Hill Avenue Branch Collection

Presently, the collection has 41,000 volumes which include career and job development, large type fiction and nonfiction and popular fiction for adults. There is a small Spanish collection for adults and children, a collection of adult classics in paperback, and a featured collection in four Asian languages.

Special Features

Asian Language Collection

Located directly across the street from Pasadena City College, Hill Avenue Branch library is home to the system’s Asian language collection. The collection features Chinese books, newspapers and magazines, as well as a fiction and non-fiction collection for adults and children in Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese. The Hill Avenue Branch serves three elementary schools and eight preschools in the area. Hill Avenue Branch is also used by students and faculty from Pasadena City College and Caltech.

Pasadena Grows

Hill Avenue Branch is home to Pasadena Grows, a seed-lending program.  Borrow some seeds, grow something wonderful, and harvest seeds to return! We have vegetable, fruit, herbs and native plant seeds. It's free, and green! We also offer a monthly program with gardening themes, such as programs about native plants, sustainable and small-space gardening, and more! See the calendar of events at Hill for information about programs, and stop by to check out some seeds!

The Pasadena Public Library offers free wireless Internet access to patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices at all locations.

Branch Events