The Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) is dedicated to preserving the historic Central Library building.
PPLF was founded in 1983 to raise funds for the refurbishment and restoration of 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. The Foundation established an endowment to support significant projects at the Central Branch, which over the years have included renovations of the Children’s Room and the Donald Wright Auditorium, replacement of the cork flooring in the Great Hall, the restoration of the outdoor fountain, and significant upgrades to technology.
PPLF and PCF formed a partnership in 2011 to continue the PPLF’s mission to restore, preserve, and maintain the architecturally and historically significant Central Library Building. PCF manages the Library Foundation’s endowment as one of its 450 funds, which, along with donations from the community, provides grant money to fund special library projects.
In May 2021, the City of Pasadena ordered the closure of Pasadena Central Library for seismic retrofitting. Despite this setback, the PPLF board remains committed to protecting and preserving the Central Library during its closure.
Pasadena’s libraries play a critical role in educating our community’s children and youth. During the current closure of the Central Library, we have the opportunity to reimagine the library’s role for future generations. Libraries have evolved to be much more than book lenders, and ongoing dialogue and community engagement have focused on how to preserve the historic Central Library while also expanding the resources and services offered both in and out of the building.