Lovett Memorial Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

Tuesday, September 15 – Message from Staff

Our book drop is open and available 24-7.

Phone reference is available M W F 9-5.

Contactless Materials pickup is available by appt 10-12 M/W/F. We are open for browsing, checkouts and hold pickup M W F 1:30-4:30 pm. At this time, our computers are not available.

6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189
Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.
Open today 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday By Appointment
Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday By Appointment
Friday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 26 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Services By Appointment

Services

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

Book Arts Workshop: Building with the Map Fold

Fri, October 23, 2020 2:00 P.M.

This workshop, originally scheduled for May 9th is now scheduled to take place outdoors, weather permitting, at the Lovett Memorial Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Facial covering is…

Virtual Storytime with Ms. Dana

Tue, October 27, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  She will be conducting this storytime using Facebook…

Virtual Storytime with Ms. Dana

Tue, November 3, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  She will be conducting this storytime using Facebook…

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.