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    Library Closed? Get an eCard Now!

    Need to access online articles right away? Register online, and receive an eCard immediately. Keep track of both the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you will choose and the temporary library card number that will be assigned to you. Just add "290090" to the front of the temporary account number when logging into one of our databases that requires a library card.

    Right away, you'll be able to:


    Permanent Card

    You may obtain a permanent card by completing this registration form. You'll need to complete your registration for a permanent library card by visiting any Pasadena Public Library location. (More details are available on the registration screen.)

    Once you've completed your registration for a permanent card, you'll be able to:


    Library Card Details

    Library Card Online Details

    Library cards are available at all Pasadena locations free of charge to any resident of the State of California. Temporary library card numbers, which can be used for certain online services and which can be converted to permanent library cards within 60 days are available online.

    To receive a permanent card, you must have a photo ID showing your name and verifiable current home address, such as a driver’s license or an ID card issued by the DMV. If you don’t have a driver’s license or an ID card from the DMV, you may present a different photo ID plus one of the following which must have your current home address: Printed personal check, credit card, rental or property tax receipt, or business mail with current postmark. A business address or Post Office box may not be used in place of a home address but may be used in addition to home address.

    Young people ages 17 and under are required to obtain the signature of a parent or guardian. Pasadena library cards are valid at all Pasadena and Glendale Public Libraries.

    Persons unable to obtain a regular library card due to problems of non-residency or lack of address verification may be able to obtain a Guest card, usable only in Pasadena Public Library. This Guest card permits access to our computer system, and permits the user to check out a single item. If the cardholder later meets qualifications the card can be upgraded to a regular card which allows the cardholder full rights such as borrowing multiple items and placing hold requests.

    Specialized Cards

    Business Library Card

    Pasadena Public Library provides a library card for local business and organizations that allows you to:

    • Access the library's online business resources at home or at work. The library subscribes to more than 30 databases, including business, news and more.
    • Share the card with your employees to take full advantage of these helpful online resources. Give your card number to anyone in your business or organization to use. The card is to be used only for accessing online resources. It cannot be used to check out any materials. So feel free to share!
    • Receive notification of the library's new business programs, services, and resources.

    Get a Business Library Card

    Complete the Business Library Card application form and bring it to the library's circulation desk with:

    1. Your photo ID
    2. A proof of relationship between you and the business (you don't need to be the business owner to apply), such as a business card, business license, or any other business documents with your name, the business name and address on it

    For More Information

    Call (626) 744-4066 or email pplbusiness@cityofpasadena.net  

    Homebased Library Card

    Homebased Library Card

    The Homebased Library Card is available to residents of Pasadena who are confined to their home or convalescent center due to illness, injury or disability. The Homebased Library Card does not incur fines, however standard library card limits and due dates apply. The Homebased card holder may contact any Pasadena Public Library to have their materials selected and held for pick up by their designee. The library card must be presented at the time of check out. Homebased Library Cards are also available for group homes. 

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