Lovett Memorial Library

6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189
Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.
Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2/5 Closed
Monday, 2/6 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/8 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/9 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Friday, 2/10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/11 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – due to staff development
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 20 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Public restrooms
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

Little Yogis: Yoga Series for Families

Tue, February 7, 2023 10:00 A.M.

Take a fun and playful yoga journey led by Sarah of Surya Moon Yoga! We'll learn individual and partner poses through songs and storytelling, all while building confidence, creativity, and…

Storytime with Ms. Dana

Tue, February 7, 2023 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  This program will take place in our Storytime…

Yoga at the Library

Tue, February 7, 2023 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a free, one-hour class where we will explore breathing, inspiration and relaxation.  This class will be adapted to our different abilities and disabilities, especially as we…

The Amazing Magi!

Wed, February 8, 2023 4:30 P.M.

Join us for a magic show performed by The Amazing Magi!  This program was re-scheduled from December. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Lovett Library.

About

Located on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy, Lovett serves the communities of East and West Mt. Airy. Check out the garden next to the branch.

We are part of the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative. Learn more: http://www.21stcenturylibraries.org

History

Germantown Avenue began as an Indian footpath through the woods used as a road by settlers. In 1865, Thomas Lovett purchased more than ten acres along the avenue as a family estate. Mount Airy Free Library was founded twenty years later by a trio (one of whom was Miss Louisa Lovett) in a rented room at a lumberyard, where 7153-55 Germantown Avenue now stands. Another of the trio, Mrs. Sheldon Potter, acted as volunteer librarian. She had a small circulating library at her home for neighborhood boys, hoping to raise their standard of reading materials from the "dime novels" that were all they could afford for themselves.

In 1887, Charlotte Lovett Bostwick built and endowed the library as a memorial to her brother, Thomas R. Lovett. This portion now serves as a meeting room. Lovett Library became a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia in 1924. A new addition was opened in 1961, and in 1982 the Friends of Lovett Library started.

The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign. In 2004, the Lovett Memorial Reading Garden was dedicated.