Address999 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
Collection Size: 39,128
Meetings Room Seats: 32
Building Size (Square Feet): 5,850
Parking Spaces: 5
Year Opened / Expanded: 1930
Facilities & Services
Home to the system’s Armenian language collection, Santa Catalina is one of the oldest branch libraries in the Pasadena system, dating back to 1913. The present branch building opened in 1931. The branch’s staff can accommodate both English and Armenian speaking patrons.
Since 1918, there has been a relationship between Santa Catalina Library and Longfellow School. Currently, the library is part of the School Library Co-Op that provides regular visits for all classes from the school. The library also provides on-going programs for Allegra and Lake Avenue preschools.
Services and Programs
Santa Catalina has a monthly book group for adults. For more information and meeting dates, see the branch calendar on this page, or book groups at all branches.
Santa Catalina currently offers a weekly storytime. For more information about storytimes and other programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, see the branch calendar on this page, or visit our Library Calendar.
Santa Catalina Branch Collection
The overall collection has approximately 49,000 items. In addition to reference materials, books on tape and large type books, Santa Catalina also has smaller special collections including: Literacy, Careers, Young Adult and Paperback Classics. The children’s collection is strongest in the areas of folktales, curriculum-related nonfiction, and Spanish language materials. For adults, the branch has a good basic collection of mysteries, self-help books and popular fiction.
The Meeting Room is currently unavailable for reservation/use by community groups.
Santa Catalina’s collection reflects the diversity of the surrounding neighborhoods. The branch has special collections for children and adults in Armenian and Spanish. The periodicals collection includes Armenian newspapers, as well as several African-American and Spanish language magazines.
Santa Catalina Branch is proud of its Preservation Corner. This collection of books and materials highlights the architectural Bungalow style evident in neighboring houses. Preservation Corner is sponsored by the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association, Historic Highlands Neighborhood Association and the Pasadena Public Library.
Santa Catalina Branch Library is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices.