Northeast Regional Library

Northeast Regional Library is temporarily closed.

Monday, November 23 – Message from Staff

In the interest of limiting the impact and spread of COVID-19, all Free Library buildings are closed to the public effective Friday, November 20. 

The book drop is also currently closed. 

While the building will remain closed, Northeast Regional will resume offering contactless material pickups and returns on Monday, November 30, subject to Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidance.  You can place new holds with the Free Library! Sign in to freelibrary.org with your library card number and PIN to place a hold online.

The Free Library call center is live! Patrons can call five days a week to speak with our expert staff, who will provide information, technology help, Library updates, and more. Calling is free! Give us a dial at 1-833-TALK FLP (825-5357). We're here Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

 

 

 

2228 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149-1297
Cottman Ave. & Oakland St.

Upcoming Events

#ToshokanFLP with Sara & Linda

Thu, December 3, 2020 11:00 A.M.

Join us for a weekly online conversation about anime, manga, and related media! We will discuss some of the resources offered by the Free Library, stories and genres we love best, and the different aspects that fandom can take. Please register here to receive the Zoom link:…

About

The Northeast Regional Library is second only to the Central Library in size, available resources and number of staff. Located near the intersection of Cottman and Bustleton Avenues, it serves the greater northeast area as a regional library, and the entire city for research.

History

The area served by Northeast Regional Library encompasses land that was originally Lower Dublin Township and parts of Oxford and Delaware Townships. Settlers from northern Europe first arrived there in the seventeenth century, and established farms. The area remained primarily agricultural until the early twentieth century. In 1854, these townships, along with the boroughs of Frankford and Bridesburg, were consolidated into Philadelphia County.

In 1955, the Free Library of Philadelphia developed the concept of the regional library, which would serve as a branch for its immediate area, and also as a bridge between the comprehensive collections of the Central Library and the more modest resources offered by neighborhood branches. A proposal to build the first regional library was approved for the 1957-1962 capital budgets. On July 11, 1962, ground was broken for the Northeast Regional Library, the first in a proposed series of regional libraries that would be built in each geographical sector of the city.

The city's northeast saw rapid development after World War II. Large tracts of vacant land were soon filled with thousands of row homes and twins. The homes were occupied by returning servicemen, many the sons of immigrants.

Retail development soon followed. In 1952, ground was broken for a $5,000,000 shopping complex that included a department store and supermarket at Cottman and Castor Avenues. The Roosevelt Mall opened in the early sixties, followed by another department store at Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard in 1965. The site selected for Northeast Regional is located in the heart of this shopping complex.

Northeast Regional offers a collection of more than 150,000 books divided into four subject departments, including the children's department. A fifth department offers an extensive collection of periodicals and newspapers. Each department occupies an entire floor of the building; the lowest level is an auditorium meeting room. The circulation desk is located in the ground floor lobby of the building. When you visit, look for the 9x44' three-dimensional wooden mural that adorns the right wall of the lobby.

The children's department of the library opened on Monday, October 28, 1963; the adult departments opened in December, 1963. In 1998, the library was renovated as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch.