The Friends of the Library
The mission of The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library is to support the library’s programs, special services and cultural events. Priority is given to projects that instill the excitement of discovery and the love of reading in library patrons of all ages.
Membership dues and donations help fund critical library programs ranging from summer reading clubs for children and teens, to community-wide One City, One Story events.
Want to help? Become a member of The Friends by making an annual membership donation. Donate online or pick up The Friends’ membership brochure at Central Library or your local branch library.
Funding is raised through membership fees and donations as well as the book sales on the second Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Central Library. Donations of books may be left at the Circulation Desk or at the loading dock on the north side of Central Library.
The Library Insider is published quarterly and is mailed to Friends’ members. This newsletter features news of Friend’s activities and programs, our volunteers, and articles and book reviews of special interest.
To become a member of The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, please contact the Friends using phone number or email listed below. The Friends will contact you to complete the application.
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.
Branch Associates Groups
The Hastings Library Associates is a support organization for the Hastings Branch that works with the branch staff to determine programming, materials or branch improvements that are desired by the branch patrons and then raise funds to provide these services. Dues are $25.
If you would like to support the Hastings Library Associates, please contact Greg Jones at (626) 744-7262 or visit hastingsassociates.org.
La Pintoresca Associates
The La Pintoresca Associates was formed in 2003 to support the La Pintoresca Branch. The association supports fund raising, community events, and community ideas. This branch also wants to expand its multicultural aspects regarding periodicals, books, and other resources.
Your involvement is strongly encouraged. If you would like to support the La Pintoresca Associates, please call Starla Echols at 626-798-9400.
Linda Vista Associates
The Linda Vista Associates have supported the Linda Vista Branch for over twenty years. Each year funds are raised and donated for a variety of purposes. In the last few years, the Associates have purchased reading chairs, carpets, shelving for audio-visual materials, and a wide variety of books. The Associates also provide special subscription material such as Value Line and Architectural Digest.
If you would like to support the Linda Vista Associates, please inquire at the Linda Vista Branch at 1281 Bryant Street, or call (626) 744-7278.
San Rafael Associates
The San Rafael Associates formed in 2002 to support the San Rafael Branch. In addition to fundraising to support the branch, the Associates have sponsored author talks and are exploring new landscaping for the branch.
If you would like to support the San Rafael Branch through the San Rafael Associates, please inquire at San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, or call (626) 744-7270.
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.
Those interested in volunteering should read and complete the City’s Volunteer Contract and Application forms. Forms are available at all Pasadena Public Libraries and may be returned once completed at any library.
Thank you for interest in volunteering for the Pasadena Public Library!
Contacts for More Information
Teens interested in volunteering with the Volunteer Program may get additional information.
Pasadena Public Library Foundation
The Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) was founded in 1983 to raise funds to refurbish and restore the beautiful Central Library building. Through the hard work of volunteer Board members and generous public support, the Foundation raised $2 million over a six year period toward major restoration. Following some significant work to this end, the Foundation established an endowment and has continued to raise funds to support significant projects at the Central branch. These include renovations of the Children’s room and the Donald Wright Auditorium, replacement of the cork flooring in the Great Hall, significant upgrades to technology (including creating elevator access to the lower level computer center), restoration of the outdoor fountain, and landscaping.
In 2011 the Foundation partnered with the Pasadena Community Foundation to handle its investments and administration. The mission of the PPLF continued through this affiliation and recent projects funded include a creation of Teen Central on the fourth floor and renovations needed to receive the Law library collection from the Pasadena Court House.
2014 marked the 130th anniversary of the Pasadena Public Library. To celebrate this milestone, the Pasadena Public Library Foundation joined with the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library to raise funds to restore the once-beautiful façade of the main Library to its former glory in 2015. The City of Pasadena also provided a generous match of funds to help make this project a reality. The façade was originally designed by Myron Hunt in 1927, and was in critical need of attention following decades of sun exposure and general weathering since its last restoration in the 1980s.
The Central Library building continues to be one of Pasadena’s civic treasures, housing a library collection of nearly 800,000 items (books, eBooks, CDs, audio books, etc.), state of the art information technologies and 85 computers for use by patrons. Since 1984, the PPLF has raised nearly $4 million for the preservation of the building and to support the increasing technology needs of a modern library.
Address: 301 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101
Telephone: (626) 796-2097
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.
- 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
- 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
- Outdated textbooks
- Non-commercially published media
- 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.