Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
|Tuesday, 5/30||11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, 5/31||11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, 6/1||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Friday, 6/2||10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
- * Monday had hour changes – Memorial Day
|Monday||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
- Mon., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
- Thu., Jun. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
- Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
- Thu., Jul. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
- Book Drop
- Reference Services
- Browse Shelves
- Computer Use
- Printing Services
- Materials / Holds Pick Up
- Street parking
- Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
- Bicycle rack
- Book drop box
- Change machine
- Computers for public use
- Electrical outlets available
- Handicapped accessible
- Photocopier (black/white)
- Printing (black/white)
- Public restrooms
- Stella Lighting
- Street parking (free)
- Street parking (metered)
- Water fountain
- ZoomText Keyboard & Special Key Features
- Baby changing station
- Children's only restroom
- Computer lab
- Accessible parking
PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance
PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with…
Author Visit: Cynthia Kreilick
Join us for a bilingual storytime. Local children’s author Cynthia Kreilick reads her story Slide!/¡Deslízate and offers experiments with friction and gravity to demonstrate the…
Teen Space Thursday
Every Thursday teens (ages 12-18) at Blackwell Regional Library will have their own hangout space to play games, read manga or graphic novels (or draw your own!) , and other activities! While you…
Read, Baby, Read Storytime & Playgroup
Join us every Friday for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces! Stay after storytime for playgroup. This program is for babies and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. …
Located two blocks south of the 52nd Street El station in the heart of West Philadelphia, this regional library was renamed in 2004. The library serves the communities of Cedar Park, Walnut Hill, West Market, Mill Creek, Dunlap, and West Park.
In 1677, William Warner purchased land from the local Native Americans and settled in the vicinity of 45th Street and Westminster Streets. He named the area Blockley after his home parish in England. Blockley became one of thirteen original townships in the city.
In 1840, the Borough of West Philadelphia was incorporated and later upgraded to the West Philadelphia District. By 1866, the Chestnut Street Bridge opened and railroad cars drawn by horses brought passengers as far as the corner of 41st and Chestnut Streets. It was not until 1904 that the line was extended to 45th Street and later to 61st Street. By 1904, Chestnut was paved as far as 46th Street, and further on it was a dirt road. Cornfields grew beyond present-day 53rd Street.
After the Market Street Elevated train opened in 1907, West Philadelphia rapidly urbanized and was significantly developed by World War II. Paul Robeson, world-renowned African American singer and actor, lived his retirement years on Walnut Street near 50th Street, a few blocks from the library.
The West Philadelphia Regional Library opened on October 21, 1976 - the second regional library in the city, providing West Philadelphia with a larger collection of books, magazines and newspapers than neighborhood branches. Designed by architect William Mann, the library was built on the site of the Rivoli Theatre.
The library was renovated in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library. The building was renamed the Lucien E. Blackwell/West Philadelphia Regional library in 2004 after Lucien Blackwell, a former congressman, city council member, state legislator and local activist who died in 2003.
The library is located on 52nd Street, the major commercial and shopping district of West Philadelphia. When you visit, look in the adult room for the large, colorful mural by George Beach, entitled Knowledge.