Pasadena’s library branches are reopening — and fast

The books are back!

As Pasadena emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns, the city is reopening two more library branch sites for in-person service, officials announced on Wednesday, June 16.

The Allendale Branch Library at 1130 S. Marengo Ave. opened on Tuesday, June 15, and the Villa-Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St., will open Monday, June 28.

Bottom line: The long-awaited art of browsing is back.

Officials said patrons can once again scan the collections, check out materials and use the library’s computers and Wi-Fi.

Library officials found surprising demand for virtual services during the course of the pandemic, and are aiming to hold on to such programming for now. So patrons will still be able to attend virtual programs and officials encourage users to contact library staff by phone at 626-744-4066, option 7; email at ask@cityofpasadena.email.libanswers.com; live chat at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/live-chat/ and pick up materials on hold.

With Allendale and soon Villa-Parke, the library will have eight of its dozen branches open for in-person, a much-needed boost to capacity, given the unexpected closure of the Central Library in May due to seismic safety concerns.  Officials are working on how to allocate Central Library services and its collection. The Hill Avenue branch remains available for curbside service only.

Here’s a list of library sites and hours:

  • Allendale Branch Library (in-person service), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.
  • Hastings Branch Library (in-person service), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sundays, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
  • Hill Avenue Branch Library (curbside service), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 55 S. Hill Ave.
  • La Pintoresca Branch Library (un-person service), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
  • Lamanda Park Branch Library (in-person service), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 140 S. Altadena Drive.
  • Linda Vista Branch Library (in-person service), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1281 Bryant St.
  • San Rafael Branch Library (in-person service), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1240 Nithsdale Road.
  • Santa Catalina Branch Library (in-person service), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 999 E. Washington Blvd.
  • Villa Parke Branch Library (in-person service offered as of June 28), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, 363 E. Villa St.

Pasadena’s library branches are reopening — and fast