695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
On the Web: www.vromansbookstore.com - Vromans Events
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7:30 - 6:00
Welcome to Vroman's Bookstore, Southern California's oldest and largest independent.
For more than 110 years, Vroman's Bookstore has been the premiere spot for author events, children's parties, book discussions, workshops, and lectures -- not to mention a browser's paradise.
We invite you to visit our two branch stores as well. In October, we celebrated the four year anniversary of Vroman's Bookstore Hastings Ranch. Located at 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., in Pasadena, this 7,000 square foot bookshop offers a handpicked selection of books for all ages. Phone (626)351-0828 and Fax (626)351-0798.
The innovative force behind independent bookselling since 1894. As the oldest & largest independent bookstore in Southern California, we're proud to see how the store has progressed over the years - from a combined store inventory that boasts over 85,000 titles to our hip new EDGE wall to an events calendar chock full of author signings, writing workshops & craft classes (Vroman's ED), children's parties, weekly Storytimes on Wednesdays & Saturdays, reading groups, and the continually sold-out, much-in-demand UCLA Book Buses. Even if you'd like to bring your laptop and just hang out, we've got plenty of room for you to read, study, surf the web with our fully-equipped Wi-Fi (now available in the Main Store's event space), and, of course, there are tons of aisles to shop your heart out.
The store was originally founded on November 14, 1894 by Adam Clark Vroman, and was located at 60 E. Colorado Street. Born in 1856, in La Salle, Illinois, Vroman moved to Pasadena, California in the late 1800s to improve his wife's health. When she died two years later, he started a partnership with J.S. Glasscock (who pulled out of the business in 1900) and opened the now famous book and photographic supply store.
In 1929, Vroman's signed a 49-year lease on property at 695 E. Colorado, moving the wholesale department out of the bookshop's crowded basement and into the leased building at its new location. By 1930, Vroman's had a mailing list of 3,000 names, classified by readers' interests. The 30s marked a period of expansion for the Vroman corporation. In the space of 7 years it opened a San Diego branch, moved the Pasadena retail store to larger quarters, started an office furniture department, and launched a popular series of book and author luncheons (1939). Its first program was held in February 1939 at which about 150 women (and a few men) gathered at the Pasadena Athletic Club to hear Lloyd C. Douglas speak. Subsequent luncheons included authors like James Hilton, Irving Stone, and Upton Sinclair. No book and author programs were held during World War II, but they resumed in 1949 and continue to this day.