San Rafael Branch

1240 Nithsdale Rd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 744-7270

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

Collection Size: 37,555

Meetings Room Seats: 33

Building Size (Square Feet): 3,882

Parking Spaces: 5

Year Opened / Expanded: 1957

Branch Overview

Central Library is closed until further notice due to seismic safety issues.

Curbside Pickup service remains available at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Find out more about the service.

Branch Libraries (except Hill Avenue) are open for  limited in-person service. Hill Avenue Branch Library is providing  curbside pickup of Library materials Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

All Pasadena Public Library meeting spaces are currently unavailable for reservation and use.

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The San Rafael Branch Library opened on July 31, 1957, adding on a meeting room ten years later. The branch participates in Pasadena’s School Library Cooperative Project with San Rafael School. Branch staff can accommodate both English and Spanish speaking patrons.

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Services and Programs

Children’s Programs

  • Preschool Story Hour every Wednesday @ 11 a.m.
  • Paper Craft every Thursday @ 3 p.m.

Adult Programs

  • Art a la Carte every Wednesday @ 2-4 p.m.
  • Conversational Spanish Group every Thursday @ 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm.

For special events and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7270. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.

San Rafael Branch Collection

The San Rafael Branch Library is a small branch circulating approximately 39,000 library items per year. The collection consists of adult and juvenile materials, featuring popular fiction and non-fiction, magazines, encyclopedias and a reference collection. Strengths of the collection are art, travel, historical homes, biographies and bestsellers. Children’s Spanish language fiction and non-fiction books are also available. A limited number of Children’s DVD titles have recently been added to the collection.

Meeting Room

All Pasadena Public Library meeting spaces are currently unavailable for reservation and use.

The meeting room will accommodate up to 33 people. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership.

Special Features

Local residents enjoy using the branch resources for recreational reading, student homework assistance and answering reference questions. Community meetings and election voting are held in the branch meeting room.

The San Rafael Associates support programs and activities at the branch, through local participation and fundraising. In 2014, the Patio Restoration Project was finally completed.

San Rafael Branch Library is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices.

School Services

San Rafael Branch Library partners with the San Rafael Elementary School providing library instruction to classes from San Rafael Elementary School.

Branch Events