Vroman's Bookstore

Oldest Independent Bookstore Founded in 1894, Vroman's is the oldest bookstore in Southern California. It is located next door to the Landmark Theatres in Pasadena's Playhouse Village. Aside from a well-curated selection of inventory, Vroman's is recognized for outstanding programming which includes literary events, signings, book clubs and workshops.
History of Vroman's: Vroman's was founded by Adam Clark Vroman who moved to Pasadena from Illinois. He was a supporter of the Pasadena Public Library and helped rescue a few of the old Franciscan missions from decay; he was also involved in establishing the Southwest Museum in nearby Highland Park. Vroman was an avid photographer with a focused interest on the American West and Native Americans; his photographs can be seen at The Huntington and Southwest Museum—he was one of Ansel Adams influences. During WWII Mr. Vroman donated books to Japanese American internees in the LA Area, despite being fired upon by camp guards. When Mr. Vroman died, he left the bookstore to his employees and their descendants. Vroman's Bookstore was once named Bookseller of the Year in 2008 by Publishers Weekly for its fairness to employees, community service, customer responsiveness. How Vroman's Made Pasadena a Literary Capital - LA Times
Programming for Children: Vroman's offers fun events for children such as storytime, summer reading programs, authors, and book clubs for both children and teens.
1894 Wine Bar: The 1894 Wine bar is the perfect place to enjoy decadent drinks after spending hours exploring through the historic Vroman’s Bookstore. Bring your loved ones or friends to enjoy specialty themed cocktails created based off of classic novels.

  • Kid-Friendly
  • Located on Route 66 (Colorado Blvd & Arroyo Pkwy)
  • Only In Pasadena

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

  • Phone: (626) 449-5320