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  • San Rafael Branch Location and Hours

    San Rafael Branch

    1240 Nithsdale Road Pasadena, CA 91105
    (626) 744-7270 | Map | Public Transportation 

    Branch Hours








    10 - 6

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    10 - 6


  • San Rafael Branch Library

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    Branch Brief

    The San Rafael Branch Library opened on July 31, 1957, adding on a meeting room ten years later. The branch participates in Pasadena's School Library Cooperative Project with San Rafael School. Branch staff can accommodate both English and Spanish speaking patrons.

    The San Rafael Branch Library neighborhood profile provides more details about where the library is located.

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

    Services and Programs

    Children's Programs 

    • Preschool Story Hour every Wednesday @ 11 a.m.
    • Around the World Storytime every 2nd Wednesday @ 11 a.m.
    Please check the branch calendar or call to comfirm, as sites may take seasonal breaks.

    Adult Programs 

    • Art a la Carte every Wednesday @ 2-4 p.m.
    • Conversational Spanish Group every Thursday @ 12:45 – 2 p.m.
    • Knitting every 1st and 3rd Thursday @ 2 p.m.

    For special events and holiday programs, call (626) 744-7270. Or, for more information about programs here and throughout the Pasadena Public Library, you can visit our Library Calendar.

    San Rafael Branch Collection

    The San Rafael Branch Library is a small branch circulating approximately 39,000 library items per year. The collection consists of adult and juvenile materials, featuring popular fiction and non-fiction, magazines, encyclopedias and a reference collection. Strengths of the collection are art, travel, historical homes, biographies and bestsellers. Children's Spanish language fiction and non-fiction books are also available. A limited number of Children’s DVD titles have recently been added to the collection.

    Meeting Room

    The meeting room will accommodate up to 33 people. This room is free to groups who do not charge an admission fee or restrict admission on the basis of membership.

    Special Features

    Local residents enjoy using the branch resources for recreational reading, student homework assistance and answering reference questions. Community meetings and election voting are held in the branch meeting room. San Rafael Branch has a large on-going book sale, where both hardbound and paperback books are sold.

    The San Rafael Associates support programs and activities at the branch, through local participation and fundraising. In 2014, the Patio Restoration Project was finally completed.

    San Rafael Patio

    School Services 

    San Rafael Branch Library partners with the San Rafael Elementary School providing library instruction to classes from San Rafael Elementary School.

    Branch Characteristics

    Opened/Expanded 1957
    Building Size (Sq. Ft.) 3,882
    Meeting Room Seats 33
    Parking Spaces 5
    Collection 37,555
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