The eighth and last Pasadena Public Library Branch to be founded, the Hastings Branch building opened its doors on February 17, 1959. Its creation completed Pasadena’s plan to bring library service within a mile of every home in the city.
Demand for books, particularly children’s books, quickly exceeded the supply. Students flocked to the library for help with their assignments and on some evenings, every seat in the library was filled. In April, 1967, a necessary addition to the library was completed, nearly doubling the size of the public area and providing twice the parking.
Hastings Branch serves seven elementary schools and eight preschools and one high school in the immediate area, offering outreach storytimes and library skills lessons or in-library visits with book checkout.
SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Pajama Storytime Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Preschool Storytime Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m.
For special events and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7262. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.
Hastings Branch Library is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to patrons with appropriately equipped wireless devices.
HASTINGS BRANCH COLLECTION
Over 64,000 items are held at Hastings, including reference and circulating books, periodicals, audiobook CDs and music CDs. Hastings has strong popular fiction, picture book, folk and fairytale, home arts, travel, and biography collections. There is a small Spanish language collection.
The meeting room accommodates up to 35 people. There are tables and chairs available for a variety of set-up possibilities. Use of the meeting room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership.
Hastings is the only Pasadena site to intershelve adult and juvenile non-fiction books for easy access. Hastings Branch has an on-going book sale, where both hardbound and paperback books are sold.