The Friends of the Glendale Public Library are not accepting donations of used materials due to a backlog of donated books. Please take your used book donations to other local nonprofits such as Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Help the Friends eliminated their backlog! Buy used books and DVDs at the Friends Loading Dock sale on Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the Back Door Bookstore behind the Downtown Central Library, 222 East Harvard Street, and outside at the Central Park Paseo next door to the Museum of Neon Art. Buy a tote bag from the Friends and fill it up with books and DVDs for only $10. The faster the Friends sell their collection, the quicker they can start accepting donations!
For music and art lovers, the Brand Associates Art & Music Sale will take place on Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 West Mountain Street in Glendale. <Read More>
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On Sunday, February 22, 2015, Montrose turned 102 years old! It was on Washington’s Birthday in 1913 that the subdivision of present day Montrose began. Developers Holmes and Walton auctioned off 300 acres of land at a catered barbecue at the approximate corner of what is today Verdugo Blvd. and Clifton Place near the site of the local Mobil Station.
The Montrose Branch Library began life as the Sparr Heights Branch, which was opened by Glendale Public Library in 1926 in a community building at 1111 Park Avenue. Service was suspended in 1930 due to a shortage of City funds. The branch reopened two days a week in 1938 in the Community House at the corner of Downing and Glencoe Way.
In 1952 Glendale Public Library took over the Los Angeles County branch library at 3934 La Crescenta Avenue. The Sparr Heights Branch was closed and moved to the La Crescenta Avenue location where it reopened five days a week as the La Crescenta Branch of Glendale Public Library. This facility was not adequate for the new expanded service area, and the City planned and built a combined branch library and fire station at the present location on Honolulu Avenue.
The new library facility opened in 1961 with over 21,000 volumes. By 1985 the building had again become inadequate to meet service demands, and it was temporarily closed for remodeling and expansion. Limited library service was provided by the bookmobile until the branch was reopened in 1987. The newly remodeled facility was expanded by more than 4000 square feet and now includes a Children's Room, Fiction Room, and Periodicals Room. The current collection includes more than 50,000 volumes.