Pasadena Public Library

285 East Walnut Street
626-744-4066

Mission Statement

The freedom to know is the foundation of our democracy. The mission of the Pasadena Public Library, a basic municipal service, is to be an information center for the Pasadena community in order to preserve and encourage the free expression of ideas essential to an informed citizenry.


Recent News

Pasadena Public Library Receives LSTA Grant to Bolster Citizenship and Immigration Resources

Pasadena, CA -- The California State Library recently awarded Pasadena Public Library a local Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $62,000 to focus on bolstering citizenship and immigration resources at the La Pintoresca and Villa…

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Pasadena Public Library Awarded Library Services And Technology Grant To Establish Early Childhood Hub Sites

PASADENA, Calif. – The California State Library recently awarded Pasadena Public Library a regional Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $230,000 to establish seven early childhood hub sites. The sites are a part of a network…

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Pasadena’s 2019 State Of The Youth Convening

Pasadena, CA – Pasadena teens are invited to attend the Annual State of the Youth Convening, Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at John Muir High School Library, 1905 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena. Refreshments will be provided. To register visit…

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Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders to Retire

PASADENA, CA---Pasadena Public Library announced that Library Director, Jan Sanders, will retire this summer. She will be in the office until Aug. 26 and will retire soon thereafter. Sanders’ decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable…

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Pasadena Public Library Closes For Staff Development Day On May 12, 2016

Pasadena, CA -- All Pasadena Public Library sites will close for Staff Development Day, Thursday, May 12. They will reopen and resume their regular schedule on Friday, May 13.For more information, contact Catherine Hany, chany@cityofpasadena.net or…

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Orphan Train, is the 2016 One City, One Story Selection

Pasadena’s 2016 One City, One Story community reading celebration book selection is the novel Orphan Train, by author Christina Baker Kline. Now in its 14th year, sponsored by Pasadena Public Library, One City, One Story is designed to…

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PPL Introduces New Library Cards in Celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month

PASADENA, Calif. – Pasadena Public Library is offering three new library card designs complete with keycard in celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month. Library cards are free to any California resident. Stop by any Pasadena Public…

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Calling All Authors!

PASADENA, CA---Pasadena Public Library is looking for local authors to participate in their 3rd Annual Author Fair on Friday, October 9 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Central Library as a part of Pasadena’s biannual ArtNight celebration. All authors are…

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An Afternoon With Megan Marshall

Pasadena, CA -- Pasadena Public Library’s Allendale Branch is pleased to welcome home the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for Biography Megan Marshall who returns to her hometown of Pasadena for a discussion and reading of her winning book, Margaret…

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Pasadena Public Library Closes For Staff Development Day May 7, 2015

Pasadena, CA -- All Pasadena Public Library sites will close for Staff Development Day, Thursday, May 7. They will reopen and resume their regular schedule on Friday, May 8.For more information, contact Catherine Hany, chany@cityofpasadena.net or…

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Pasadena Author Fair Returns to Pasadena Public Library

Pasadena, CA -- Pasadena Public Library will host their second annual author fair at Central Library. The expanded event features over 50 San Gabriel Valley authors whose work covers a myriad of topics; history, mystery, poetry, fiction,…

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Stories and Music About Love at Linda Vista Branch Library

Pasadena, CA -- All who are open to inspiration and love are invited to join us as we celebrate romance at Linda Vista Branch Library. Share your story of your own true love whether it is a person, pet, place or idea. Then enjoy music provided by…

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Calling All Authors

PASADENA, CA---Pasadena Public Library will host their Second Annual Author Fair on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming Author Fair,…

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Pasadena Central Library Facade Restoration Project

Pasadena, CA - Pasadena’s Central Library’s magnificent south façade is impressive to residents and visitors alike. The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library and the Pasadena Public Library Foundation will co-host a cocktail party in Central…

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New Documentry Screening - 'Bungalow Heaven: Preserving A Neighborhood'

Pasadena, CA - A special screening of the documentary, “Bungalow Heaven: Preserving A Neighborhood.” Pasadena’s “Bungalow Heaven” was the first historic landmark district in Pasadena, and the United States! Joaquin Montalvan’s new…

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Noir California - The Masters Of 20th Century Crime Fiction

Pasadena, CA - A panel of local crime novelists will discuss 20th Century Crime Fiction in California with a reception followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session. The panel discussion will be led by moderator Denise Hamilton and…

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Countdown: The Cold War Hit Parade

Pasadena, CA - In conjunction with its series, “Critical Mass: The Culture of the Cold War,” on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Pasadena Public Library’s Allendale Branch will present a chart-topping, heart-stopping one-man…

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