La Pintoresca Branch

1355 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 744-7268

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

Collection Size: 47,528

Meetings Room Seats: 50

Building Size (Square Feet): 6,225

Parking Spaces: 8

Year Opened / Expanded: 1930

Branch Overview

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La Pintoresca (“the picturesque”) Branch Library, built in 1930, was named for the hotel which had previously occupied its northwest Pasadena site. Its parkland location centers La Pintoresca in the most highly populated service area of any Pasadena Branch. La Pintoresca Branch Library serves also as a community center, providing local residents with a welcoming, informal meeting place.

Learn more about the history of the La Pintoresca Branch Library in this article from Local History Librarian, Young, who researched materials on the founding of La Pintoresca from the Pasadena Public Library Archives.

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Computer Lab Hours

Computer Lab Hours
Adult Career/Job/Research Lab Hours
Monday – Friday
10 am – 2 pmChildren’s Computer Lab Hours
Monday – Thursday
3:30 pm – 5 pm
(Subject to staff availability)

The Branch on Video

Service and Programs

Teen Programs

  • Teen Volunteers
    Volunteer opportunities for 7th to 12th grade students include after school homework help for K to 6th graders, program assistance, and general library tasks. For more information, please contact the library volunteer coordinator, Rosa Cesaretti, at (626) 744-7268.

Children's Programs

(Please check the online Library Calendar for the most current information)

  • STEAM Story Time
    45 minutes of good picture books, singing and dancing, and ending with a craft and playtime. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Leeme un cuento: Spanish-Language Story Time
    We invite the entire family to join us for an hour of quality Spanish-language picture books read by a native speaker, learn traditional songs, and create fun crafts. Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

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

La Pintoresca Branch Library Collection

The collection of approximately 56,000 volumes includes several special collections, including African-American history and literature, arts and music, and international and regional cookery. The branch has special section of career and small business books along with job listings from various sources, as well as an extensive Spanish language collection, both juvenile and adult, with an emphasis on browsing and casual reading material.

Meeting Room

The meeting room with tables and chairs will accommodate up to 53 people and has a handicap access through the north entrance. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership. It is available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and reservations can be made based on availability. A meeting room reservation form must be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the reservation. For more information click here:

Art Collection

La Pintoresca is temporary home to “Leaders, Dreamers and Rebels,” a sculpture by artist Jena Priebe. La Pintoresca also has a display case that is available for the public to display art. For more information, please contact Annmarie Kolakowski at (626) 744-7268.

Special Features

La Pintoresca also offers a computer lab, used for computer classes and available to the public at set hours. The lab is available for adults working on job applications, resumes, classwork, certificates, LearnKey, employment databases, and grant-writing/researching software from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Monday through Friday. The lab is also open for children only after school—subject to staffing availability—Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 5 pm.

School Services

The branch has Chromebooks available for students to use and a homework reference collection.

Branch Events