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

Collection Size: 4,751

Building Size (Square Feet): 9,400

Year Opened / Expanded: 2022

Branch Overview

When Central Library closed unexpectedly in 2021 pending seismic retrofit*, the City looked to other locations where we can provide services. In looking at available options, Pasadena Public Library decided to open a temporary branch library focused on children's and teen services. The school campus is also home to Pasadena's Fire Training Academy and the Police PALS program.

Serving as the library system’s hub for youth services, Jefferson Branch Library includes a Kids Library and a Teens Library. The Kids Library includes a preschool play space, special collections to support early learning, and it also houses Pasadena's Office of the Young Child. Jefferson Branch Library is one of the Growing Together Pasadena hub sites. The Teens Library features a large STEAM kit collection, video games, puzzles, and board games, a mental health information center, as well as the largest YA book collection in the library system.

*We are committed to reopening the doors of the Pasadena Central Library as a safe, historic, and functional space for all. The earthquake repairs ensure the library remains a cornerstone in the community. Follow our progress. Programming has been reduced during closure.

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Services and Programs

Jefferson offers storytimes for infants/toddlers and preschool-age children. See the branch calendar on this page or storytimes at all branches for current schedule.

Youth Programs
Jefferson offers a variety of events for babies, children, tweens, teens, and emerging adults (up to age 24). Please see the branch calendar on this page for  events information.

Teen Volunteers
Visit our Teen Volunteers page for information and to apply as a Teen Volunteer.

Homework Help
Jefferson Homework Help, including on Saturdays and during the summer. See the calendar on this page for current information, or find Homework Help at additional Library locations in the Library calendar.

Educator Services

Homeschool Services

Videogame Equipment
Video game console and TV usage are available in the Teen Room Monday-Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. (Ages 10+, rated-E games, rated-PG movies/TV and staffing restrictions may apply)

Study Room
Available for kids, teens, and parents with a child (up to 5 people)

  • Must have a library card in good standing
  • Call the children’s room line at 626-744-8046 to reserve
  • Items available upon request:
    • Kids toys (for parents with a child, to occupy the little ones)
    • Computers can be checked out with library card.
    • Markerboard or large paper pad for group study
  • Study rooms may be scheduled for free tutoring sessions, free proctoring of exams, study groups, and educational purposes. Patrons may book the room up to a week in advance in person or phone for up to two (2) scheduled hours per day. Students under 18 receive priority. Adults using the room must be accompanying children. No food is permitted.

Branch Collection

  • Board Games
  • Book Club Kits
  • Chromebooks and hotspots
  • Early Equity Kits
  • Educator collection
  • Homeschool and Workbook Collection
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Juvenile Spanish materials
  • Mental Health Kits
  • Sensory Storytime Kits
  • STEAM Kits
  • Video Games

Meeting Rooms

The meeting room at Jefferson Branch Library is for staff use only.

Special Features

Jefferson Branch Library is the only Pasadena site that is fully dedicated to youth services. It also houses the Office of the Young Child and a Growing Together Pasadena site.

The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library bookstore is located on the Jefferson campus. The bookstore is currently open Monday-Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Branch Events