Welsh Road Library

Welsh Road Library is temporarily closed.

Friday, September 18 – Message from Staff

Welsh Road Library's book drop is open 24/7. Phone reference is available Monday to Friday 9:00am -5:00pm.

Library materials pick-up is available Monday to Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Please contact the library to make an appointment for pick-up.

All library materials must be returned to our book drop. Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 7 days before they are checked in and will remain checked out on your account during this time. You will be able to place holds and renew items while blocked.

The Free Library is fine free!

9233 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2205
Welsh Road & Roosevelt Blvd.
Learn about limited services at the Free Library.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Block Party

Wed, September 30, 2020 3:30 P.M.

Join us every Wednesday on Facebook for a new project to build with blocks or other household items! Find us on Facebook at: Welsh Road Library  

History

Welsh Road is named for the Welsh settlers from North Wales who came down this rough road in the 1700's to go to the grist mill on Pennypack Creek. The last section of Welsh Road, from Mower Street to Roosevelt Boulevard, was completed as an improved blacktop road and dedicated in 1954.

The community served by the Welsh Road branch began to develop after World War II, when returning servicemen received government-backed mortgages, and developers like the Korman and Orleans families bought large parcels of land.

The Welsh Road branch opened to the public on November 11, 1968. The library was one of the first in the country to be built in a shopping center, although it is really in back of the Northeast Shopping Center. At the time of its opening, it was predicted that the unique location would enable Welsh Road to circulate in excess of 200,000 items per year. That prediction turned out to be remarkably accurate, and it still holds true today.

The library has a futuristic design that relies on three walls of glass to add to the interior lighting. The black and white marble mosaic "Space Cage" dominates the entryway, and the preschool center has a carousel theme. The building was awarded the "Distinguished Building Award" by the Pennsylvania Society of Architects in 1970.

The library was renovated in 1996 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every library.