Wynnefield Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

5325 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498
54th St. & Overbrook Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 9 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., May. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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  • Handicapped accessible
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box

Upcoming Events

Math and Science Enrichment and Tutoring

Mon, March 27, 2023 3:00 P.M.

Teens and tweens are invited to join us virtually or in person for Math and Science tutoring provided by Saint Joseph’s University. For more information or to register for the program,…

Top Tier Gaming for Teens

Mon, March 27, 2023 4:00 P.M.

Come build your own teams and compete on a PS5 gaming system!  Limited space, so please call in advance to reserve your spot.

Houseplant and Gardening Group

Tue, March 28, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Join Wynnefield Library and S.O.E. (Sisters of the Earth) to enjoy plant swaps, cultivating conversations, plant centered crafts, and horticultural literature.  

We All Think Differently: Let’s Talk About Genetics & Autism 101

Tue, March 28, 2023 5:00 P.M.

CHOP LEND FELLOWS: Brianna Berlin, Anna Duemler, and Kellyn Madden will share information about both genetics & autism. Our goal is to help you to understand the connections between the…


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.


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.