Haddington Library

Haddington Library is temporarily closed.

Monday, August 31 – Message from Staff

Starting Monday, August 3rd, the Haddington Library Book Drop will be accessible Monday to Friday during business hours, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 Items returned will be held in a 7 day quarantine before being checked in. As we continue to be fine free, this quarantine holding period will not affect your account.

Monday, August 31 – Message from Staff

Starting Monday, August 24th, the Haddington Library will offer Library Materials Pickup for Holds, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday during business hours, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  When picking up materials, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Also, when arriving at your scheduled time to pick up your item, on the Girard Street side of the building, please ring the doorbell to announce your arrival to staff.  For further information, please call 215-685-1970.

446 North 65th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19151-4003
65th Street & Girard Avenue
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About

Located at the top of a hill, the library serves the communities of Haddington-Carroll Park and Overbrook-Morris Park. You can climb the front steps to the stately main entrance of the building or use the elevator located inside the side entrance on Girard Avenue.

History

First appearing on an 1816 map of Philadelphia, Haddington was named for the country town of Haddingtonshire in England. The village of Haddington, centered around 62nd Street above Arch Street, consisted of a dozen houses and a coach stop inn called the Whitesides.

By 1865, passengers could take the West Philadelphia Passenger Railway, which traveled out down Haverford Avenue to 54th Street, then south to Vine Street, then west to 66th Street before returning to the depot. With the opening of the Market Elevated line in 1907, small shopping districts developed along Market Street. The shopping district around the 60th Street El stop, bounded by Market and Chestnut Streets, and by 60th and 61st Streets, was later designated as the Haddington Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Haddington Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened on December 3, 1915. Albert Kelsey, an architect who chaired the committee to develop the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, designed the building. Haddington was the 18th library building erected using funds from Andrew Carnegie. Land for the library was donated by Alex Simpson, Jr.

The Old Academy Bell, which was a school bell at the "Yellow School House," a block away from the library, still sits in the main reading room. A mural inside the branch reimagines the outside courtyard and depicts neighborhood children at play.

The library was renovated in 2001 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch. With their Free Library cards, members of the public can use the Library's public computers or connect to the internet with their own devices using the Library's free WiFi service.