Santa Catalina Branch

999 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 744-7272

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

Collection Size: 48,589

Meetings Room Seats: 32

Building Size (Square Feet): 5,850

Parking Spaces: 5

Year Opened / Expanded: 1930

Branch Overview

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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.

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Services and Programs

Book Groups

See book groups at all branches.

Children’s Programs

Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Teen Programs

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For special events and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7272. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can 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.

Meeting Room

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

The meeting room with tables and chairs will accommodate up to 32 people. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership.

Special Features

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.

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