computer lab

The Pasadena Public Library offers computers at all ten locations with access to the Internet and other electronic resources as well as word processing and printing. All ten locations also offer wireless internet access to anyone in the building. The following overview describes the library’s technology resources and how best to use them. The resources are available free of charge except where noted. For additional information call 626-744-4066.


Internet Use Policies The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information available on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for the content, accuracy, or quality of the information retrieved or images viewed. The Library does not limit access to sites on the Internet or censor information that some may find offensive.

Internet Reservations – You must have a valid Pasadena or Glendale Public Library Card to reserve an internet session (find out how to apply for a library card). You may begin your Internet session (up to one hour per user per day) at any available Internet workstation, or reserve a session up to seven days in advance at one of the self-serve PC reservation stations, or online. For same day reservations reserve by telephone call (626) 744-4066, option 2, or call a branch library directly. For specific information about the Internet computers available at each location, visit the location’s branch page or call them directly. Internet stations shut off 15 minutes prior to closing. Please review the Library’s Internet Use Policy before signing up.

Internet Express Stations – Seven 15-minute express terminals offering up to two 15-minute sessions per user per day are available in the Main Hall and the Humanities Wing at the Central Library on a first-come first-served basis with your Pasadena/Glendale card. If you do not have a library card see staff at the Customer Service desk for an Express Internet pass. Branch libraries offer one 30-minute express session per user per day as available.

Technology for Kids – Computers for children are available in the Children’s Room of the Central Library and at the branches. These computers are equipped with educational software, the Kids’ Catalog for searching library materials, and limited Internet access to sites linked from the library’s homepage (also see the Internet Policy for Kids) [hyperlink to Library Policies] and shut off five minutes prior to closing. All ten Pasadena libraries have AWE Early Literacy stations with engaging learning activities for children ages 2-8. The Children’s Room of the Central Library also has four iPad stations equipped with educational apps and games.

Pay-for-use computers – Two computers are available in the Copy Center of the Central Library on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $4.00 per hour, payable only using a Cash-card. The pay-for-use computers shut off five minutes prior to closing.

Word processing – Word processing is available on all Internet computers, the seven Electronic Resource workstations located in the Humanities Wing at Central Library and in the computer labs.

ADA Workstation – Computer workstations with visual enhancement and screen reading software are available in the Humanities Wing of the Central Library and at the La Pintoresca Branch. For further information, call (626) 744-4066 and select option 7 for Reference at Central Library or call (626)744-7268 for the La Pintoresca Branch.

Wireless Access – Wireless Internet access is available at all locations and permits customers with properly equipped laptop computers and other portable computing devices to access the web. You do not need a Pasadena/Glendale library card or a password to access the library’s wireless services. To connect, simply select the Pasadena City Public WiFi network from the list of networks available on your device.


Print fees are 10 cents per page and may be paid for by cash or Cash-card at Central Library, and by Cash-card at branch locations. Cash-cards are available in the Copy Center at the Central Library and at the Customer Service desk at all branch libraries. All print requests are held in the printer queue for 24 hours. Print stations are available until 5 to 15 minutes before closing, depending on location. Check with staff for details, or view the step-by-step instructions below for printing at Central Library.

Printing at the Central Library

Use a Cash-card to retrieve prints at any print release station. To use cash to pay for prints use the Print Release Station in the Internet Commons, Copy Center, or Law Room. Color prints sent from a workstation need to be picked up from the color copy machine in the Copy Center.

Where Do I Pick Up My Prints?
Self Service Stations where you can release your prints are available at each of the following locations:

  • Internet Commons
  • Copy Center
  • Technology Learning Center
  • Children’s Room
  • Law Room
  • Humanities Wing

To release a print at the Self Service Station:

  • Click on Release a Print Job on the Main Menu.
  • Enter your Pasadena/Glendale library card number (no spaces) or temporary I.D. and click OK.
  • The system will default to a listing of your unprinted jobs from the past 24 hours.
  • Highlight the new print job(s) you wish to output and click Print.
  • Click on Pay from Vending Device.
  • Insert cash, coin, or your Cash-card into the vending device and click OK.

How Do I Pay For My Prints?
Printing costs 10¢ per page for black and white and 75¢ for color prints.
The Internet Commons, Copy Center, and Law Room allow prints to be paid for by Cash-card, coin, or cash. All other locations within the Central Library require a Cash-card.
To purchase a Cash-card:

  • Cash-cards dispensers are available in the Copy Center.
  • A $1 bill will purchase a card with 50¢ credit on it.
  • Cash-cards are re-usable.
  • Add more value to cards with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.
  • Re-INSERT a Cash-card first before adding money to it.Note: Print jobs remain accessible through the Print Release Stations for 24 hours from the time the print command is issued for printing and reprinting.

Copying and Other Technology

Copy machines that charge $ .15 (fifteen cents) per copy are available for use at all library branches.
The Central Library has a Copy Center, located adjacent to the Internet Commons on the first level below the north east Reference Wing, with a variety of self-service machines for patrons’ convenience. The Copy Center closes five (5) minutes before the Library’s closing time.

Photocopy Machines

    • There are black & white and color copy machines for general photocopy purposes, which accept both cash and Cash-cards.

Cost of copies:

    • Black & white: $ .15 (fifteen cents) per copy
    • Color: $ .75 (seventy-five cents) per copy

Change Machines

  • There are two types of change machines available in the Copy Center. One accepts $1.00 or $5.00 bills and dispenses quarters as change. The Bill to Bill Change machine accepts $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00 bills and dispenses $1.00 bills as change.

Cash-card Machine

  • There are two Cash-card dispensing machines located in the Copy Center. The Cash-card costs $1.00 to purchase. The first $.50 is the cost of the card itself. The remaining $.50 is the value on the card. The cards are re-usable. Once purchased, additional value may be added to the cards. There are no refunds for excess value added to card. Cash-cards are used to make copies at $.15 each on the copy machines, and prints from the microfilm/Microfiche readers, $.75 for color copies and $.10 for black and white prints from the Internet workstations, workstations in the Technology Learning Center, and workstations in the Reference Wing and Law Room. Cash-cards are also used for time on the Pay for Use Computers and for paying for the fax machine.

Fax Machine

  • There is a fax machine available in the Copy Center for use. Within the USA and Canada the fee is $1.00 per page. To send an international fax (other than Canada) the fee is $5.00 per page.

Technology Learning Centers

Central Library – This lab is open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis during the hours of Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. and offers limited Internet access to sites linked from the library’s homepage as well as word processing. Special lab hours offering full internet access are reserved for children and teens to learn new skills and spend time researching Monday – Thursday 3:30– 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00– 5:00 p.m. During these hours a library staff member is available to assist students in using the computers. Children and teens may sign up for up to two 30-minute slots per day.

Each of the ten computer stations is loaded with resources and software, including the following:

  • The Library Catalog, showing the holdings of all the Pasadena and Glendale Public Libraries.
  • InfoTrac, an online index of magazine and newspaper articles, some of which can be downloaded as full text, others permitting you to find printed sources.
  • Kid’s Catalog, a special version of the library’s catalog of holdings arranged specifically for kids.
  • Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor, to help you with your keyboard skills.
  • Internet Explorer, for browsing the web. (Limited access during general lab hours.)
  • Word 2010, a word processor for typing and editing documents and homework.
  • Access 2010, database software to help you organize things.
  • Excel 2010, spreadsheet software for organizing numbers and money.
  • PowerPoint 2010, for making presentations.
  • Publisher 2010, for desktop publishing projects.
  • Jumpstart and MathBlaster, educational software for children of various ages.

La Pintoresca Branch – This lab is reserved for career, job, and grant funding research (FC Search) Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Special lab hours offering full internet access are reserved for children only Monday – Friday 3:00– 5:30 p.m.

Villa-Parke – This lab is open to the general public on a first-come first-served basis Monday – Friday 3:00– 6:00 p.m. Computers provide access to the Internet and word processing.