About The Library


Mission Statement

The freedom to know is the foundation of our democracy. The mission of the Pasadena Public Library, a basic municipal service, is to be an information center for the Pasadena community in order to preserve and encourage the free expression of ideas essential to an informed citizenry.

Library Management

Michelle Perera, Director of Libraries & Information Services

Library Director Michelle Perera

Michelle Perera was appointed Director of Libraries and Information Services for the City of Pasadena in December 2016. She has served in libraries throughout Southern California for more than 20 years, most recently as Director of the Rancho Cucamonga Library and prior to that working for the San Marino and Glendora public libraries. She has a master’s degree in Library Science from California State University, San Jose and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. In 2001, she completed the Institute for 21st Century Librarianship training at Stanford University.

Perera has garnered numerous honors for her work. In 2008, the California Library Association (CLA) gave her its public librarian “Award of Excellence.” She later served on CLA’s Board from 2011 to 2014, and was recently named the organization’s President-elect. While serving as Rancho Cucamonga’s Assistant Library Director in 2013, she was named a “Mover & Shaker” by the national Library Journal and won a National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

In Pasadena, Perera oversees more than 100 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $14.5 million. The department includes Central Library and nine branch libraries, serving 1.3 million people per year in person, online or via social media. With more than 3,000 on-site programs, free WiFi services and an extensive collection of printed books, periodicals, media and cloud-based eBooks, the Pasadena Public Library serves as a life-long learning center and cultural beacon for the greater Pasadena community.

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Work at the Library

The Pasadena Public Library makes employment opportunities available periodically. If you are interested in working at the Library we encourage you to review the Human Resources Current Job Opportunities.