Arcadia Public Library

20 West Duarte Road
Arcadia, CA 91006

Tel: (626) 821-5567
Fax: (626) 447-8050

Darlene Bradley
Director of Library & Museum Services

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday
   10 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 
   10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
(Closed Sundays & Holidays)

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Events and Programs


A Note about BrainFuse 

Looking for the BrainFuse Online Tutorial service?   For several years we were fortunate to have private funding available from the Friends of the Arcadia Library to pay our cost for the service.  Unfortunately, donations to the Friends are no longer sufficient to fund the service and we have been forced to discontinue offering it.

BrainFuse is available through the Los Angeles County Library.  To learn about how to get a card with the County Library and connect through them, visit an LA County Library branch or their website at:


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Arcadia Public Library International Film Program

The second Wednesday of every month, except August. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Attendees must be over 17 years of age and are welcome to bring dinner. Dessert is provided until it runs out.

October Movie:



Full list of Movies for 2019


The Adult Book Discussion Group -- A Potpourri of Books

Read or listen to the book (or as much of it as you can) and join fellow readers to discuss.

The group meets the fourth Tuesday and Thursday of the each month January to October. These free discussions are held in the Library Conference Room and no registration is required. 

Book List for 2019 (PDF)



 Book Lists from previous years

Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit

In October 2010, the California State Library launched “Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff."  This online Consumer Health Toolkit has been designed to support the efforts of public libraries in providing quality health information to patrons and promoting wellness in their communities. The Consumer Health Toolkit was developed through a partnership between the California State Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region.

If you have not yet seen the Consumer Health Toolkit, please visit:


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Featured Online Database - Gale Virtual Reference Library



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Drop Off and Pick Up Location

The official Library designated drop off and pick up place is at the bus shelter in the west parking lot of the Library.  Let's have a safe and courteous school year for all!


Please also know the following:

  • Park in a designated parking space only
  • Use caution when crossing or driving in the parking lot
  • Do not block traffic
  • Be mindful of the parking time limits and restrictions -- Parking Enforcement will give tickets.
  • Please do not park at the red curbs on Santa Anita
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Watch this video:

Libraries: Changing Lives, Transforming Communities: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Take time to thank a volunteer!

  • Friends of the Library Bookstore volunteers
  • English Conversation Class tutors and leaders
  • Pasadena Humane Society Barks and Books
  • Arcadia Assistance League Assisteen Book Buddies
  • Rita’s Italian Ice
  • Summer Reading Program Donors
  • Volunteers for Public Computers, Circulation Desk, Study Room, Tech Services, Children's Services
  • Friends of the Library for generous donations for the Adult Book Discussions, Teen and Children’s Programming
  • Arcadia Public Library Foundation for the Classical Kaleidoscope Concerts 
  • And so many more...
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More Information and Instructions for RBDigital


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English Conversation Skills Class

Volunteers are needed to assist with the English Conversation Skills Class:

If you are interested in helping as a Volunteer Leader --

  • Are you available to volunteer on Monday Mornings from 9:30 a.m. until  11 a.m. (most Monday mornings, not school holidays) during the school year?
  • Can you Speak both English and Mandarin or Cantonese (not mandatory but very helpful?
  • Do you like working with people and have a friendly disposition?

Training is provided, no experience is necessary.  For those interested in being a Volunteer Tutor or a Student, please call (626) 821-5570

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New Hardware* at the Library to Assist Visually Challenged Persons in our Community 

Merlin Elite MachineThe Library received a Pitch an Idea Grant from the California State Library for the purchase of hardware and software for vision or hearing challenged persons in our community.  

As part of that grant, we purchased a new Merlin Elite machine that will make print larger.  It can be used for reading print in a larger font or to magnify a page so you can see what you are writing (great for filling out tiny print forms). 

It also can read print text and read it aloud. There are headphones with the machine that should be used with the zoom feature, when listening to instructions, as well as when the machine is reading the print aloud.  

There is a set of instructions next to the Merlin machine as well. This machine is currently located near the Reference Desk at the first table to the north.Large print keyboard now available

Also new, are a large print keyboard in the Tech Center with white keys on a black keyboard and two large key keyboards and large ball mice in the Children's Room, one on a Learning Station and the other on an Internet Station.

For more information on Assistive and Adaptive Services or Special Needs Equipment at the Library please call 626-821-5567.

* This equipment has been made available as part of a Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services grant that was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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NEW Online Databases from EBSCO

Arcadia Public Library is please to be able to offer four new online databases resources. You may access these databases and learn more about what each offers by clicking on the icons below:

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Photo Release:  All participants in Library programs, events and classes may be photographed or videotaped for Library promotional purposes.  Notify Library staff if you prefer not to be photographed.