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    Hill Avenue Branch

    55 South Hill Avenue Pasadena, CA 91106
    (626) 744-7264 | Map | Public Transportation 

    Branch Hours








    10 - 6

    9 - 1

    10 - 6


  • Hill Avenue Branch Library

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    Branch Brief

    The current Hill Avenue Branch building, the oldest in the Pasadena Public Library system, was designed by Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury, and opened May 6, 1925. The building's historical architecture has been maintained throughout the years and is listed in the City of Pasadena's Cultural Heritage Landmarks.

    The Hill Avenue Branch Library neighborhood profile provides more detail about where the branch is located.

    Free wi-fi  is available at all Pasadena Public Library locations.

    Services and Programs

    Preschool Storytime Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. 

    Please check the branch calendar or call to confirm, as sites may take seasonal breaks.


    For special events and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7264. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.


    Hill Avenue Branch CollectionHill Avenue Branch Library - Special Collection 

    Presently, the collection has 41,000 volumes which include career and job development, large type fiction and nonfiction and popular fiction for adults. There is a small Spanish collection for adults and children, a collection of adult classics in paperback, and a featured collection in four Asian languages.

    Meeting Room

    The meeting room with tables and chairs will accommodate up to 19 people. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership.

    Special Features

    Located directly across the street from Pasadena City College, Hill Avenue Branch library is home to the system's Asian language collection. The collection features Chinese books, newspapers and magazines, as well as a fiction and non-fiction collection for adults and children in Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese. The Hill Avenue Branch serves three elementary schools and eight preschools in the area. Hill Avenue Branch is also used by students and faculty from Pasadena City College and Caltech.

    School Services 

    In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, Hill Avenue Branch provided 176 programs for children with 5,135 in attendance. Of these, 95 were class visits with total attendance of 2,608.

    Branch Characteristics

    Opened/Expanded 1925
    Building Size (Sq. Ft.) 4,752
    Meeting Room Seats 19
    Parking Spaces 11
    Collection 41,859
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