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La Pintoresca Branch


La Pintoresca (“the picturesque”) Branch Library, built in 1930, was named for the hotel which had previously occupied its northwest Pasadena site. Its parkland location centers La Pintoresca in the most highly populated service area of any Pasadena Branch. La Pintoresca Branch Library serves also as a community center, providing local residents with a welcoming, informal meeting place.

La Pintoresca Branch Library is “A Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center” and offers free availability of the Foundation Directory Online Professional database along with two other databases subscribed through the Center.

Learn more about the history of the La Pintoresca Branch Library in this article from Library Technician, Young, who researched materials on the founding of La Pintoresca from the Pasadena Public Library Archives.

The Branch on Video


Adult Programs

  • Nonprofit Resource Center
    Our Nonprofit Resource Center is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center with more than 500 books about nonprofit management, fundraising, grant writing and other topics that deal with nonprofit organizations. The Nonprofit Resource Center also has a computer with access to the Foundation Directory Online Professional database, the Grants to Individuals Online database, and the Philanthropy In/Sight database. The Nonprofit Resource Center is open during the normal business hours of the La Pintoresca Branch.
  • Foundation and Grants Databases
    As an affiliate of the Foundation Center, the La Pintoresca Branch Library provides access to Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals Online. Foundation Directory Online Professional is the Foundation Center’s electronic grantseekers’ database for foundation and government grants and Grants to Individuals Online is for the individual grantseeker. These databases are only accessible at the La Pintoresca Branch Library through a library computer or by use of a personal laptop by connecting to the library Wi-Fi at the branch.See the FDO Youtube Channel for online tutorials on how to use these databases.

    We occasionally offer free seminars and workshops about using the Foundation Directory Online, and on related topics such as grant writing. One-on-one appointments typically can be made for training on the use of the database, but we are not booking any appointments until further notice. For more information about our classes or to book an appointment, please call us at 626-744-7268.

  • Pasadena Small Business Owners Networking Group
    Increase your business knowledge, meet other local business people, and practice your 30-second “elevator speech.” Meets Thursdays from 12-2 pm.
  • Basic Computer Assistance
    Learn computer basics every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Stop by for a basic refresher on email, surfing the Internet, Word, and Social Media. You can also stop by for assistance on creating a resume.

Teen Programs

  • Teen Volunteers
    Volunteer opportunities for 7th to 12th grade students include after school homework help for K to 4th graders, program assistance, and general library tasks. For more information, please contact the library volunteer coordinator, Rosa Cesaretti, at (626) 744-7268.

Children Programs

  • Preschool Story Time
    45 minutes of good picture books, singing and dancing, and ending with a craft. Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Leeme un cuento: Spanish-Language Story Time
    We invite the entire family to join us for an hour of quality Spanish-language picture books read by a native speaker, learn traditional songs, and create fun crafts. Every Wednesday at 4 p.m.
  • Chocolate Story Time
    Led by Dr. Ayesha Lindsey Randall, this is a celebration of African American culture though books and crafts. Every last Friday of the month, 4 p.m.
  • Barks and Books
    Presented by the Pasadena Humane Society, children have the opportunity to read out-loud to Sami, a child and book friendly dog. Every fourth Monday at 3 p.m.
  • Art Class
    Provided by funding through the Armory Center for the Arts, on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. two sessions during the school year. Please call the library at (626) 744-7268, for further information.

For special and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7268. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.


The collection of approximately 56,000 volumes includes several special collections, including African-American history and literature, arts and music, and international and regional cookery. The branch has special section of career and small business books along with job listings from various sources, as well as an extensive Spanish language collection, both juvenile and adult, with an emphasis on browsing and casual reading material.


The meeting room with tables and chairs will accommodate up to 53 people and has a handicap access through the north entrance. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership. It is available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and reservations can be made based on availability. A meeting room reservation form must be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the reservation.


La Pintoresca is temporary home to “Leaders, Dreamers and Rebels,” a sculpture by artist Jena Priebe. La Pintoresca also has a display case that is available for the public to display art. For more information, please contact Rosa Cesaretti at (626) 744-7268.


La Pintoresca also offers a computer lab, used for computer classes and available to the public at set hours. The lab is available for adults working on job applications, resumes, classwork, certificates, LearnKey, employment databases, and grant-writing/researching software from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m Monday through Friday. The lab is also open for children only after school—subject to staffing constraints—from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


In the 2013/2014 school year, La Pintoresca Branch provided 288 programs for children with 8567 in attendance. Of these, 102 were class visits, with 1,759 total attendance. The branch also has public computer workstations and a homework reference collection.

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1355 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103 United States
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1355 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone Number
(626) 744-7268

M-Sat 9-6
Sun Closed

Computer Lab Hours
M-F 9-2
Sat & Sun Closed

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Children Only
M-F 3-5
Sat & Sun Closed


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