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: 33,568

Meetings Room Seats: 48

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.

Photo Gallery

Computer Lab Hours

Computer Lab 
The Computer Lab is used for computer classes and training.

For individual use, available upon request.


The Branch on Video

Services and Programs

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

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

  • 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.
  • Art and Enrichment Programs
    Offered throughout the year; please call us or check our branch calendar (below) for details.
  • Homework  Help 
    During the school year, Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m., kids in Kindergarten to grade 5 can get help with their homework from our friendly volunteers. If you are seeking help for homework in grades 6-12, we can help--call the branch for volunteer availability at (626) 744-7268.

Adult Programs

  • Art and Enrichment Programs
  • Classes in English, Computers, Job readiness, and more
  • Book Club

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 33,600 volumes includes Criterion Collection films on DVD, books about Social Justics, a Citizenship collection, and 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 48 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 home to many works of art, including:

  • "Leaders, Dreamers, and Rebels," a sculpture by artist Jena Priebe
  • "Yes We Can," a painting by Pascal Mpeck (displayed at La Pintoresca while Central Library is closed)*
  • Visions of Peace," a window installation by Lorraine Cleary Dale
  • Illustrations of teens using the skate park, by Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrator Medar de la Cruz
  • Original building blueprints by La Pintoresca's architects, Bennet & Haskell
  • Linocuts with portraits and stories of Negro League baseball players by Tina Hoggatt
  • Many other portraits, illustrations, a batik, and mixed media artworks.

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.

*The Pasadena Central Library is poised for essential earthquake repairs and safety enhancements vital for reopening our historic landmark. The project will ensure a safe, accessible hub for learning and connection. Stay updated.

Special Features

La Pintoresca offers a computer lab, used for computer classes.  The lab is available for adults working on job applications, resumes, classwork, certificates, etc., upon request.

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

School Services

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

Branch Events