Whitman Library

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

Tuesday, September 29 – Message from Staff

We are now open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. for in-person services including browsing, holds pickup, computer use, printing, and copying.

Masks covering nose and mouth are required for patrons. There is reduced capacity (12 patrons inside at a time,) and social distancing and time limits will be enforced. Hand sanitizer is located at the entrance and at various points throughout the library.

We know this new library experience will be very different and appreciate your patience and cooperation as we create a safe environment for everyone. We are excited to welcome you back!

Wednesday, September 16 – Message from Staff

Check out our new StoryWalk™ (featuring Pete the Cat) along Snyder Avenue. A StoryWalk™ is a fun way to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time!

Tuesday, September 8 – Message from Staff

Our return dropbox is opened at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and remains open overnight until 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Your returned items are quarantined for 7 days and will remain on your account while we process them safely. We are a fine-free library system, so this quarantine period will not affect your library account. 

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.
Open today 1:00 p.m. – 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

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

Upcoming Events

Mobile Office Hours with State Rep. Elizabeth Fielder’s Office

Wed, October 21, 2020 12:00 P.M.

Get help with your state-related needs! For more information, call the office at 215-271-9190 or email  RepFiedler@pahouse.net   This program will take place outside in the library’s back patio area with social distancing protocols in place. Enter through the 2nd Street gate…

About

Serving the diverse communities of Whitman and Pennsport, this neighborhood library is located on Snyder Avenue between 2nd Street and S. Philip Street. It is close to several shopping areas, including Snyder Plaza and Whitman Plaza, I-95, and Columbus Boulevard.

History

The neighborhood of Whitman and its library branch derive their names from the nearby Walt Whitman Bridge. In 1854, the community was included in what was then Passyunk Township. It was marshland, and many of the inhabitants raised pigs. The area south of Moore and between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers was known as "the Neck."

Growing out of European customs, the famous Philadelphia Mummers originated in the Neck. "Neckers" formed social clubs and visited each other in pop-in style and dressed in outlandish costumes for the fun of it. Out of this grew the "pea-shooters" who shot in the New Year.

The first official city parade was sponsored in 1901. Every year on New Year's Day, mummers dressed in elaborate costumes strut their stuff down Broad Street and later on 2nd Street or "Two Street." Mummery is particularly associated with Two Street, where a number of Mummers clubs are located.

The Whitman Branch of the Free Library opened on January 24, 1977. The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service.

When you visit the library, look in the meeting room to see scenes of South Philadelphia painted by well-known Philadelphia watercolorist Howard N. Watson.