The Friends of the PASADENA PUBLIC Library
Get involved! Join or volunteer with The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. Founded in 1975, the organization supports the library system’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.
Your membership, at any level, will help fund enrichment programs for children and teens as well as community-wide events such as One City, One Story. With The Friends, you’ll find opportunities to volunteer at special events, recurring programs or to work in our Central Library bookstore and “Second Saturday” used-book sales. You’ll meet a great group of people! Join online or by picking up The Friends brochure at any Pasadena branch library. Need more information? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 626-744-4680.
There are additional ways to help. Donate used books or shop for used books in our bookstore and monthly sales. When purchasing new books or merchandise at Vroman’s Bookstore, you can designate The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library as the charity that you wish to benefit if you are a member of the Vroman’s Gives Back program. The bookseller will return a portion of in-store purchases to our organization.
Please join us in supporting Central Library and our nine neighborhood branch libraries, which are so distinctive and vital to the Pasadena community.
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.
Current Openings FOR ADULT VOLUNTEERS
Innovation Lab Monitor
Pasadena Public Library is seeking teen and adult volunteers to help monitor equipment, troubleshoot, and assist patrons with software and hardware in our new Innovation Lab at Central Library. Innovation Lab will include 3D printers, computers, sewing machine, and other similar equipment. We will provide training, but knowledge of technology such as 3D printers or computer software is highly preferred.
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to provide positive customer service to a diverse population
- Weekly commitment to at least one 2-4 hour shift for a minimum of twelve weeks
- Familiarity with 3D printers is preferred
Lab Hours: Monday & Saturday 1-5pm, Tuesday & Thursday 4-8pm
To apply, complete the volunteer application & contract [links below], turn it in at Central Library, attn. Jane Gov. Please write “Innovation Lab” at the top of the application.
For more information, please email Jane Gov: email@example.com
Teens interested in volunteering, please read the teen volunteer webpage for current opportunities and to download the Teen Volunteer Contract. Instructions on how to apply are also on the teen volunteer webpage.
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 – CDs, VHS, DVDs, Blu-ray discs
We Cannot Accept
- Damaged books including ones that are damp, moldy, soiled, or missing pages
- Clearly outdated materials
- Outdated textbooks
- Non-commercially published media
Need help with your donation? Contact The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library directly at (626) 744-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library does not determine the value of donations. However, receipts can be provided designating the number of donated items.