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  • Support the Library

    The Pasadena Public Library welcomes your personal involvement with helping us in any way you can.

    Support the Library

      Friends of the Library and Branch Associates Groups

      The volunteer-run Friends of the Pasadena Public Library organization runs the bookstore at Central Library and raises money to support various library programs and projects. Visit the Friends of the Library page for more information and to find out about Associates groups supporting the Hastings, La Pintoresca, Linda Vista, and San Rafael Branch Libraries.


      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.

      Current Openings

      The library is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the following assignments:

      Thank you for interest in volunteering for the Pasadena Public Library!

      Contacts for More Information

      Teens interested in volunteering with the Volunteen Program may get additional information.

      For additional volunteer opportunities please contact the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley, (626) 256-8187, or visit VolunteerMatch.org.


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

      Book Donation Guidelines

      Thank you for your interest in making a donation to the Library. All donations become the property of the Library and may either be added to the Library’s collection, or donated to the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.

      Donations AcceptedIn Person Donations

      • Anytime in the Book Donation receptacle at the Central Library, delivery area, northeast side of the building, adjacent to the Accessible Entrance
      • Monday through Friday 11:00 – 4:00 at the Friends Bookstore at Central Library

      We Accept

      • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition
      • Commercially published media – CD’s, VHS, DVDs, Blu-ray discs
      • Up to 6 boxes or bags per visit, containers will not be returned

      We Cannot Accept

      • Damaged books including ones that are damp, moldy, soiled, or missing pages
      • Clearly outdated materials
      • Magazines
      • Encyclopedias
      • Outdated textbooks
      • Non-commercially published media
      • Workbooks
      • More than 6 boxes or bags per visit

      Please contact the Friends of the Library directly at (626) 744-4680 for large donations.

      The Library does not determine the value of donations. However, receipts can be provided designating the number of donated items.

      Pasadena Public Library Foundation

      Learn more about the history and projects of the Pasadena Public Library Foundation. 

      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 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.

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