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Now you can buy a book at Vroman’s Bookstore to be donated immediately to the Pasadena Public Library. You can help two beloved institutions with a single purchase. Simply select a title from the 150-plus books listed here and follow instructions below as you fill out your order form.

To make certain your gift joins the Pasadena Public Library collection, you’ll need the help of The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library, which first proposed the Vroman’s project and agreed to facilitate it.

Just follow the ABCs (and D) below!

  1. Visit to select a title.
  2. In the checkout process, select the “curbside pick-up option.”
  3. In the comments box at bottom of order form, write “To be picked up by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.
  4. Upon receiving your pick-up notice from Vroman’s, forward notice to

“We look forward to adding a number of great titles to our shelves, and we will be updating our wish list regularly with a mix of classic titles and new favorites,” said Michelle Perera, the Pasadena Public Library director.

The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library—now in its 45th year—is delighted to help not only the library but Vroman’s, which enrolled The Friends in its generous “Gives Back” program for in-store purchases as long ago as 1998, the program’s inaugural year.

Fair warning: book order processing is not predictable in Covid times, but if you’re a patron of the public library and Vroman’s, you’ll likely extend good will and patience. On behalf of all, The Friends thank you in advance.

“In an effort to have the order and pick-up process be as safe as possible, we ask donors to order items from our wish list through Vroman’s website,” Perera said. “Please include the note ‘To be picked up by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library,’ which will further facilitate the pick-up and delivery processes in the safest manner.”

Child in a libraryBECOME INVOLVED

The Friends do make a difference…

Our organization helps fund critical library programs ranging from summer reading clubs for children and teens, to community-wide One City, One Story events.

Want to help? Become a member of The Friends by making an annual membership donation.  Donate online or pick up The Friends’ membership brochure at Central Library or your local branch library.


The Friends’ Bookstore is temporarily closed, and patio book sales are suspended. We also are not accepting donations at present. Please do not leave materials outside Central Library.

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. The Friends extend heartfelt wishes for your health and safety!