Library Children's Room Remodel

Work will begin Monday, April 2 on renovations to the Sierra Madre Public Library Children’s Room. During the 6-week “makeover,” the Children’s Room will be closed. Children’s services will move temporarily into the adjacent Library Reference Room, with a limited collection of picture, fiction and non-fiction books available for checkout. One homework and two early literacy computers will be available for use. Preschool Story Times will continue as scheduled, but school class visits will be suspended during construction. The remodel is scheduled to be completed in time for the Summer Reading Program.

One Book One City 2012

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, containing the first twelve short stories about the famous detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, will be honored during February at the Sierra Madre Public Library as the City of Sierra Madre’s One Book One City selection for 2012. All events are free and open to the public.

Programs at the Library


A yearly city-wide read of a selected book to encourage members of the community to share in the reading experience and to participate in programs relating to the book. Events are planned for February of each year.

A month-long series of free events, open to the public, is being planned for February 2015.

Previous selections are Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear, Unbroken: a World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Zorro by Isabel Allende, and On Gold Mountain by Lisa See.

Reference & Research

If you need help finding information or materials please don't hesitate to ask Library staff at the service desks, by phone at 626-355-7186 or via our email reference service at

Our goal is to provide excellent services to the public; no question is too large, or too small. We have an excellent print reference collection and access to online reference resources.

Online Databases


ReferenceUSA- Database of 14 million U.S. businesses contains verified, accurate data and is updated monthly. Information includes company name, executive title, business type, sales volume, year established and more.


EBSCOhost eBooks- Online non-fiction eBooks

Online Reference Books- eBooks on the Environment, Medicine, Science & Social Science

Overdrive - Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction

General Research - The world’s largest online family history resource, with 7 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees. Access limited to in Library use only.

MasterFILE Complete- Provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest. Also, contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. Updated daily via EBSCOhost.

World Book Online- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics



ReferenceUSA – Find physicians and dentists

Kids & Teens

Novelist K-8- Comprehensive reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, includes award winners and lexile reading levels

World Book Online for Kids- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Info Finder (for older kids)- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Reference Center (Teen & Adult)- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

World Book Online Spanish version- Encyclopedia covering a broad range of topics

Literature & Authors

Biography in Context- Over 600,000 online biographies

NoveList- Comprehensive reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, includes award winners and book discussion guides

Search Sierra Madre Library and Beyond- Global information sources from OCLC's Worldcat in all formats — books, full text, electronic books and journals, Web-based articles, and audio and video recordings — from the full range of recorded history.


Biography in Context- Over 600,000 online biographies

ReferenceUSA – US Standard White Pages

You will need a valid Sierra Madre Public Library card & PIN/password to access most of these databases if you are not within the Library. Once authenticated, you can browse between databases without further requests to log in.

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Fund:, Biography In Context, NoveList, ReferenceUSA, and World Book Online databases.


Public Computers
The Library has 7 computer workstations with:

  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access & Publisher)
  • Microsoft Visio 2010

A scanner for documents, photos and slides is also available.

Computer time is limited to two 1 hour sessions per day.

To use the computers, a current library card is required. Visitors without library cards may purchase a computer-use only card for $1.00 per day for 2 one-hour sessions. Minors must have parental approval before using the internet. All users must agree to abide by the Library's Computer & Internet Policy.

Reservations can be made online or from any computer in the Library.