Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

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

Tuesday, September 1 – Message from Staff

The Donatucci Library is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

There will be limited services available including: browsing, checking out library materials, reference services, 30-minute computer use, copying and scanning to your own flash drive and library account services.

Please limit your total visit to 30 minutes daily. A mask must be worn at all times.

Contactless curbside holds pickup continues on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 - 12 noon by appointment.  Please call 215-685-1755 to make an appointment to pick up available library materials on hold for you if you prefer not to enter the library.

The drop box is open for the return of library materials from Tuesday at 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Thursday including overnights.

All library materials returned will be quarantined for 7 days before being discharged.  Please wait at least 7 days before reviewing your library account to see if library materials returned have been discharged.  We are a fine-free library system, so this quarantine period will not affect your library account. 

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today until 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 12 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Wed., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 26 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
View all holiday closings

Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Change machine
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Book drop box
  • Scanner

About

The Donatucci Branch (known as the Passyunk Branch until 2004) has been a vibrant and evolving institution since 1914. Situated at 20th and Shunk Streets, the library serves the neighborhoods of Girard Estate, Packer Park, Passyunk Homes, St. Richards, and West Passyunk.

History

On April 23, 2004, the Passyunk Branch was renamed the Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Branch in honor of the lifetime resident of South Philadelphia whose service to the community began in the 1930s and continued until his death in 1970. Mr. Donatucci held positions as the chairman and leader of the 26th Ward.

The Passyunk Library first opened its doors on April 14, 1914 on a tract of land received from the estate of Stephen Girard (1750-1831). Girard was a French immigrant who was estimated to be the richest man in America at the time of his death. The building was one of 25 libraries built with funds that the great philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, donated to the Free Library of Philadelphia.

There are several murals in the branch by Calvin Jones. The mural in the meeting room includes Ben Franklin, Stephen Girard, Andrew Carnegie, and young patrons of the library.