Through the Central Library and nine branch libraries, a major effort is devoted to ensure the delivery and access of quality information to all Pasadena residents. The Library provides a wide variety of services, programs, and collections at the neighborhood level to meet the community’s information needs utilizing the latest in electronic technology. In addition to circulating a wide range of books in a variety of formats, the Library sponsors an array of programs for adults and children, service to the homebound, preschool story hours and the Summer Reading Program. It also provides extensive reference and information resources, supported by a large reference collection. Over 66% of all Pasadena residents possess library cards and almost 4,000 patrons use one of Pasadena’s libraries daily. The annual average number of library materials checked out per resident is 12, compared to the national average of 6.4 for cities with a population of over 100,000.
The Pasadena Central Library was dedicated in 1927, when renowned Southern California architect, Myron Hunt, turned over library keys to the City of Pasadena. The 110,000 square foot Civic Center Landmark includes many special features such as extensive oak paneling, cork flooring, and oak and wrought iron furniture. These features have been heavily used and enjoyed for over seventy years. With the advent of new technologies, the Central Library was renovated to accommodate new advances. The renovation was accomplished without compromising the historic, aesthetic and architectural integrity of the building; the library is renowned for its functionality and beauty and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Pasadena's Branch Libraries were designed to be the heart of the neighborhoods, which is why every Pasadena resident is within walking distance of a library. The branch libraries bring information services into the neighborhood and each branch library, through its programs and collections, reflects the unique character and needs of the neighborhood that surrounds it.
The Pasadena Public Library has long enjoyed the benefits of community activism, support and participation. The Library nurtures its partnerships with community groups, working hand in hand to maximize resources and enhance library services to Pasadena residents.