Torresdale Library

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

Sunday, September 27 – Message from Staff

As of 9/28/2020, Torresdale Library is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:30pm for the following limited services: browsing, 30-minute computer use, checkout, and library account services.  Please note – there will be two public PCs available but we cannot currently offer computer assistance. 

 

Masks must be worn while in the library.   Please limit your total library visit to 30 minutes daily.  Due to social distancing concerns, a limited number of patrons will be allowed in the library at a time.  We will be closed to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays but will continue to offer the following services on these days:  telephone reference, library account services and library material pick-up from 10am to 12noon, and 1:30pm to 4:00pm on those days.  You have to contact the library to make an appointment for pickup.  

 

You can reach a staff member between 9am and 12noon, and again 1:00pm to 4:30pm Mondays through Fridays by calling 215-685-0494

 

Our drop box is open 24/7.   Absolutely no donated materials, please.  Please note that the items will stay on your record for approximately one week while they go through a required quarantine period.  

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.  

 

3079 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-1101
Holme Ave. & Willits Rd.
Open today until 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 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

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

About

In addition to Torresdale, the library serves the communities of Academy Gardens, Ashton-Woodbridge, Holme Circle, Pennypack, Pennypack Woods, and Upper Holmesburg.

History

The first settlers in the Torresdale area were the Swedes and then the English, who were possibly led by Thomas Holme, the Surveyor-General who helped William Penn lay out much of the original city of Philadelphia. In 1682, Holme received a grant of 1,646 acres from Penn. He is buried near the library, in Crispin Cemetery.

The area was originally part of Lower Dublin Township, and the earliest record of it is 1693. It was known as Delaware Township from 1852-1854, and then it became part of the city of Philadelphia. The area began to develop around 1850, when Charles Macalester bought a large tract of land and named it "Torrisdale," after his family's estate in Scotland.

The Torresdale Branch of the Free Library opened in February 1972. It features wooden cathedral ceilings. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign.

A highlight of the building is the Mother Goose mural in the preschool area. It has Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and a real clock with a painted mouse.