Wynnefield Library

Wynnefield Library is temporarily closed.

Monday, September 28 – Message from Staff

Beginning this week, Library Hold Pick Up at Wynnefield Library will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 12 pm, and from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Please call Wynnefield Library at (215) 685-0298 to schedule a time to pick up your available items. For faster service, please have your library card number ready when calling.

Library items may be returned and placed in the Wynnefield Library Book Drop every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm.  The Book Drop will not be open overnight. 

Please remember, your returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 7 days before discharging.  No late fees will be charged. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you!

 

5325 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498
54th St. & Overbrook Ave.
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Upcoming Events

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Mon, October 5, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  …

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Mon, October 12, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  …

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Mon, October 19, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  …

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Mon, October 26, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Saint Joseph’s University student volunteers will tutor high school students in at least one of the following subjects: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  …

About

One block from City Line Avenue, the Wynnefield Branch serves the communities of Wynnefield and Overbook Farms. The library is next door to the John C. Anderson Cultural Center, and is very close to the campus of St. Joseph's University.

History

Dr. Thomas Wynne, Welsh physician to William Penn and Speaker of the first two provincial assemblies of Pennsylvania, gave the neighborhood its name when he built his home, Wynnestay, in 1690.  Stay is Welsh for field. The house still stands at the corner of 52nd and Woodbine.

 

Around 1904, the Wynnefield Improvement Company built several homes in the area in the style of Wynnestay.  In the 1920s, the numerous row homes throughout the area were built.  In the 1950s, the two shopping areas in the neighborhood gained prominence; one at City Line and 47th Street , and the other at 54th Street near City Line.

 

With the opening of the Wynnefield Branch in June 1964, the current configuration of the neighborhood was completed.  The building was the end result of a long campaign by the Wynnefield Residents Association, and included the establishment of the Wynnefield (now John C. Anderson) Cultural Center under the direction of the City of Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

 

In September 2000, the Wynnefield Branch re-opened after extensive technological upgrades and the addition of several public computers.