Support the Library

The Friends are accepting donations of used books/materials at the bookstore located at Jefferson Branch Library.

The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library

Get involved! Join or volunteer with The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. Founded in 1975, the organization supports the library system’s programs, special services and cultural events. Priority is given to projects that instill the excitement of discovery and the love of reading in library patrons of all ages. 

You needn’t be a Pasadena resident to join.  Your membership, at any level, will help fund enrichment programs for children and teens as well as community-wide events such as One City, One Story. With The Friends, you’ll find opportunities to volunteer at special events, recurring programs or to work in our Central Library bookstore and occasional “patio” used-book sales. You’ll meet a great group of people! Join online or by picking up The Friends brochure at any Pasadena branch library. Need more information? Email or telephone 626-744-4680.

There are additional ways to help.  When purchasing new books or merchandise at Vroman’s Bookstore, you can designate The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library as the charity that you wish to benefit if you are a member of the Vroman’s Gives Back program. The bookseller will return a portion of in-store purchases to our organization.

Please join us in supporting the Pasadena libraries, which are so distinctive and vital to the Pasadena community.

Vroman's Gives Back

For many years Vroman’s Bookstore and its customers have “Given Back” to the community and the Pasadena Public Library. Signing up for Vroman’s Gives Back dedicates 1% of the amount of your in-store purchases to your chosen community organization. Sign-ups can be made in person at a Vroman’s location or online at the Vroman’s website . Designating The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library ensures your continued support of the Library.

Hastings Associates

The Hastings Library Associates is a support organization for the Hastings Branch that works with the branch staff to determine programming, materials or branch improvements that are desired by the branch patrons and then raise funds to provide these services. Dues are $25.

If you would like to support the Hastings Library Associates, please contact Greg Jones at (626) 744-7262 or visit

La Pintoresca Associates

The La Pintoresca Associates was formed in 2003 to support the La Pintoresca Branch. The Association raises funds to purchase books, tablets, children's equipment and other items to benefit library patrons. We also advocate for preservation and restoration of La Pintoresca Branch which is designated a City of Pasadena Landmark building.

If you would like to be a member or volunteer, please email LPLA President John Dean:

Linda Vista Associates

The Linda Vista Associates have supported the Linda Vista Branch for over twenty years. Each year funds are raised and donated for a variety of purposes. In the last few years, the Associates have purchased reading chairs, carpets, shelving for audio-visual materials, and a wide variety of books. The Associates also provide special subscription material such as Value Line and Architectural Digest.

If you would like to support the Linda Vista Associates, please inquire at the Linda Vista Branch at 1281 Bryant Street, or call (626) 744-7278.

San Rafael Associates

The San Rafael Associates formed in 2002 to support the San Rafael Branch. In addition to fundraising to support the branch, the Associates have sponsored author talks and are exploring new landscaping for the branch.

If you would like to support the San Rafael Branch through the San Rafael Associates, please inquire at San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, or call (626) 744-7270.


The Volunteer Program at the Pasadena Public Library supports the high quality of service delivered to the community at Central Library and our nine neighborhood Branch Libraries. We value our volunteers and appreciate the support they provide in helping staff to achieve the mission and goals of the Library.

Adult Volunteers

To apply, submit the Online Adult Volunteer Application. A printed and signed Volunteer Contract will be required of all volunteers.

Teen Volunteers

Teens interested in volunteering, please read the teen volunteer webpage for current opportunities and complete the Online Teen Volunteer Application. Instructions on how to apply are also on the teen volunteer webpage.

Pasadena Public Library Foundation

The Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) was founded in 1983 to raise funds to refurbish and restore the beautiful Central Library building. Through the hard work of volunteer Board members and generous public support, the Foundation raised $2 million over a six year period toward major restoration.  Following some significant work to this end,  the Foundation established an endowment and has continued to raise funds to support significant projects at the Central branch.  These include renovations of the Children’s room and the Donald Wright Auditorium, replacement of the cork flooring in the Great Hall, significant upgrades to technology (including creating elevator access to the lower level computer center), restoration of the outdoor fountain, and landscaping.

In 2011 the Foundation partnered with the Pasadena Community Foundation to handle its investments and administration.  The mission of the PPLF continued through this affiliation and recent projects funded include a creation of Teen Central on the fourth floor and renovations needed to receive the Law library collection from the Pasadena Court House.

2014 marked the 130th anniversary of the Pasadena Public Library. To celebrate this milestone,  the Pasadena Public Library Foundation joined with the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library to raise funds to restore the once-beautiful façade of the main Library to its former glory in 2015. The City of Pasadena also provided a generous match of funds to help make this project a reality. The façade was originally designed by Myron Hunt in 1927, and was in critical need of attention following decades of sun exposure and general weathering since its last restoration in the 1980s.

The Central Library building continues to be one of Pasadena’s civic treasures, housing a library collection of nearly 800,000 items (books, eBooks, CDs, audio books, etc.), state of the art information technologies and 85 computers for use by patrons. Since 1984, the PPLF has raised nearly $4 million for the preservation of the building and to support the increasing technology needs of a modern library.

For more information contact the Pasadena Community Foundation at or visit the website at

Address: 301 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101
Telephone: (626) 796-2097


Book donations are accepted at branch locations; book donations are accepted only by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.

The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library are currently accepting donations of books at the Bookstore located at Jefferson Branch Library.

If you have a question regarding donation of an item or items with special circumstances (historic, or other unique considerations), please contact us to enquire.

Monetary and Memorial monetary donations are accepted at all service desks of the Pasadena Public Library.