The Montrose Branch Library is located at 2465 Honolulu Avenue in Montrose. The library is two blocks west of Ocean View on the northwest corner of Honolulu and Orangedale. Parking is behind the library building. To enter the lot, from Honolulu Avenue go north on Sunset, which is one block west of Orangedale, and turn right at the second driveway.
From the 2 Freeway going north, exit at Verdugo Boulevard. Go west on Verdugo, which will become Honolulu.
From the 210 Freeway, exit at Ocean View Boulevard. Follow Ocean View south and turn west on Honolulu.
The Montrose Library is accessible by MTA bus lines 90, 91, and 177. Line 90 stops at the northeast corner of Honolulu and Orangedale, while lines 91 and 177 stop at the intersection of Honolulu Avenue and Verdugo Boulevard, a few blocks east of the library.
The Library is also accessible by the Glendale Beeline, Route 3.
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.
The Montrose Branch Library serves the north Glendale community. Located in the Crescenta Valley, between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Verdugo Hills, the branch sits at the west end of the Montrose Shopping Park section of Honolulu Avenue, a pleasant shopping street of small retail stores and service businesses.
The Montrose/La Crescenta area is a residential community of approximately 18,500 people. The branch is heavily used by young students and families, as well as seniors, many of whom live in nearby retirement housing. Many of our patrons speak Armenian and Korean as a first language. The branch serves a nearby high school, middle school, six public elementary schools, and a number of private schools.
The staff includes a Branch Librarian, a Children's Librarian, a Customer Service Representative, Library Pages and Volunteers. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact the Branch Librarian by calling (818) 548-2048.
The Montrose Branch collection of over 50,000 volumes includes adult and juvenile books, paperbacks, periodicals, pamphlets, audio and video cassettes, and large type and international language books.
We also have a local history collection, consisting primarily of newspaper clippings and pamphlets, which covers the Crescenta Valley area with emphasis on Montrose.
The adult collection is particularly strong in fiction, especially mysteries, and biographies.
The children's section has strong holiday, folklore, countries of the world, sports, beginning readers, and picture book collections.
In addition to the collection strengths the Library can access materials throughout the Glendale and Pasadena library systems, as well as through the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System. The Montrose-Crescenta Branch can order materials that are not owned by the branch.
Montrose-Crescenta is a branch of the Library, Arts & Culture Department system. Its Computer Catalog, which shows the collection of both the Glendale and the Pasadena
libraries, is available on the Internet. For information about materials owned by the Montrose-Crescenta Branch, or to place a hold on an item which is checked out, call (818) 548-2048.
GLENDALE LIBRARY ONLINE RESOURCES
The Montrose branch has computers available for patrons to access the Library's online catalog and a variety of online databases.
The Montrose Branch has several Internet computers available for use by the public. These require in-person sign-up for each half-hour period. Those 9th grade and over may use the computers in the Adult Reading Room. Children aged 9 through 8th grade may use the workstations in the Children’s Room. Those under 9 are welcome when their parents bring them and sit with them while they use the computer. Printing is 10 cents for every page printed from a computer. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) is available on most of the computers.
The Montrose branch has one IBM Selectric coin-operated self-correcting typewriter.
MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS
A selection of popular periodicals is available, and unlike Central's vast periodical collection, branch magazines may be checked out. Computers, home decoration, teen interests, men's and women's fashion, and current events are all subjects covered by our magazines.
There is a very good selection of children's magazines as well, and they are available for check out.
Newspapers are not available for check-out.
Also, our Online Resources offer many databases with access to full text magazine articles as well as the Los Angeles Times.
LIBRARY FINES AND FEES
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