10 Neighborhood Free Library Branches Will Be Open on Saturdays

By Administrator RSS Thu, June 29, 2023

The Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to announce Saturday hours at 10 of our neighborhood library branches for the summer. Beginning Saturday, July 8 to August 26, 2023, the following branches will be open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m:


A map of Philadelphia highlighting the 10 library locations that will be open Saturdays 10 AM to 5 PM

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to expand access to more neighborhood branches as we continue improving staffing efforts system-wide.

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Pretty pathetic to say the least. Why do we need to pay overtime? Why not simply change the schedule for the employees - with ample notice of course. Feel free to leave if you don't want to work. Why is not the main branch - on the Parkway - not included? It's time for the staff of the library to understand that they work to SERVE us, and not themselves. Perhaps they are in the wrong job.
Bryan - Center City
Friday, February 24, 2023

It's comforting to see that Northeast Philadelphia has once again been ignored; at least there is some cold comfort in consistency.
Clifford Gabrellas - Phliadelphia
Friday, February 24, 2023

I hope they open the FISHTOWN branch on Saturdays!!! And I hope they do it very soon!! THANKS!!! OBIE FISHTOWN PA.
Joe O'Brien - Philadelphia
Friday, February 24, 2023

It's a crime that public libraries are unable to be fully funded just like the city (and states) public schools. Then they could be fully staffed at least 6 days a week like in many suburban areas. It's time we taxed the rich and reallocate resources to support public institutions and human needs. At the root of this problem is this country's continuing systemic racism and oppression of working and poor people in general. We shall overcome, someday.
Craig Stevens - Philadelphia
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Sorry to see Richmond Library wasn't included in this.
Doris Lynch - Philadelphia
Saturday, February 25, 2023

I am happy for the Nicetown branch to be open on Saturdays, because I live in the area. However, I am suprised that Parkway Central wasn't included. This Branch is the main branch ; since its in the Center of the City.
Sandra O. Henry - North Philadelphia
Sunday, February 26, 2023

OPEN the Main Branch on the Parkway! Amazing the public library who serves the public is not open when the public is available! Take a page from the Art Museum success play book that has built membership and sponsorship by knowing who their customer is and when they are available to visit. Close on a weekday and open on a Saturday. The current model is outdated and is contributing to the downward support for such institutions, which will result in more limited hours, closing locations and cutting jobs. Crazy you can't innovative management to make modernize.
Janet - Parkway Main Branch
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

could you please tell me if lusine blackell library or wynnefield will be open saturday also anytime soon
cecelie Brown - lucien blackwell library
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Why can't the main central location be open on the weekends. I live outside of the city. I've had a library card since I was a child. I have utilized the branches. I mainly used the central main branch. I have more choices there, they have a great department of cookbooks and a music department. Plus getting inter-loan books. I have not stepped in a branch since early 2022. Especially if you work during the week and on a Saturday, I can't get to the main branch. Sunday's were perfect. They also had programs on Sunday afternoons. I know staff who loved working on Sunday's cause of the overtime pay they got. Think of students who need to utilize the main branch, plus you have that new area for the young people.... there are reference books that can not be checked out, and you can only utilized the library branch on the weekends. Central is closed! But open for weddings, big events.... think about your constituents.
Mildred - Central Main Library
Friday, March 3, 2023

What plans are there for PCI (Phila City Institute) to have Saturday hours? I LOVE and support the FLP, especially PCI , but ALL of it from my first childhood neighborhood branch to 2023's virtual programs. madeleine mc hugh pierucci
madeleine pierucci - center city
Sunday, March 5, 2023

It's great that you got the Fox Chase Branch open. But how about the Northeast Regional branch on Cottman. Maybe switch alternate weekends for the two? A lot of the community would be served by opening the Northeast branch. Especially during the school semesters. Good start, but till all are open or a majority of the branches are open on a week-end you'll only service part of the community. Even one day of the week-end would help.
Karl - Northeast Branch
Thursday, March 9, 2023

I'm thrilled to finally see weekend hours (in any capacity) back in the mix. Are any of these locations my neighborhood library? Sadly no. Do I think the current model of weird week day hours is ridiculous? Absolutely yes. But this is a step in the right direction and I'm pumped. Hoping you get more funding, resources, and understanding patrons (looking at you, Bryan from the comments) as more efforts and plans are developed
Laura - Philadelphia
Friday, March 10, 2023

Hi, I borrowed cash from the Phila free library and returned them all to the box at the South philadelphia drop box on the south side othe library ar Broad and Castle. What can I do.? I knowI returned them, I lost some cash a few years ago and I wasn't able to borrow Nythinh for years. I am finainancially weak position. I know I returned them. All to that box. The free library a ry is supposed to.assist people like me or so I thought. Please help. I in a very weak position at the moment. Humbly yours, Daniel Curtis 2156053987
Daniel Curtis - South Philadelphia
Friday, March 10, 2023

This is wonderful news! Thank you for making this a reality. Hoping these hours expand to most of the network in time.
Quinn McHugh - Philadelphia
Sunday, March 12, 2023

About learning
Pegguy PETIT COMPERE - Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

To Learn
Pegguy PETIT COMPERE - Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

I am glad to see Fox Chase, the closest Free Library branch to where I live, on this list (although I had been using Bustleton and Welsh Road more in the later pre-pandemic era due to easier parking). But as others suggest, perhaps the Northeast Regional would have been a better choice for Northeast Philadelphia. Also, what about hours suitable for working people at the main location on Logan Square? Maybe a few hours on Saturday and 12-8 on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
Regina Litman - Montgomery County
Sunday, March 19, 2023

Awesome to see this. The public is obviously hungry for weekend hours. I hope we get more locations open on Saturday soon!
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

NICETOWN had many days (mon-fri) when they weren't opened! Will open Saturdays! I'll believe it when I see it!!
Elizabeth Bell - Philadelphia
Monday, March 27, 2023

This is great news! Can we also get the Parkway Centeak Library open on Saturdays? Happy Spring! Su
Su - Wissahickon
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

I miss Walnut Street West Library and Wynnefield Library
Stephen Bynum - Walnut Street West Library
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library should have Saturday hours. Ease in parking should have been considered. THERE IS NEVER PARKING AT WALNUT STREET WEST.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Great news for all !!! We as a family use the Richmond Branch. My daughter gets amazing homework help from Ms.Jean, we buy honey from their bees, Ms. Megan (the children's librarian) used to come to the playground where i taught (Cione Tot Rec) and my mom is an avid reader. It is a benefit for children of all ages to utilize our fantastic Free Libraries.
Mary Kate - Richmond Library
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Is it possible to hold an Educational Event on Medicare for eligible Medicare members at this location?
Yvette Stephenson - Fox Chase Library
Friday, May 5, 2023

Why are they always "by appointment only",also why sometimes when their supposed to be open their not because their Security Guard isn't there. So so frustrating. I am fortunate that I live close to Bucks Count Bensalem branch Library. Bensalem Library is WONDERFUL and I am happy to give them donations. Please fix Katherine Drexel Library.
mare - Katherine Drexel branch
Friday, June 2, 2023

Fox chase branch is not opened on Saturdays. They are closed today and last Saturday also. Also why do they close half day Fridays when they are closed for Monday holidays?
Mpesot - Philadelphia
Saturday, June 24, 2023

Steps to fully fund Saturday Hours at ALL Free Library Locations: 1. Abolish Board of Trustees. 2. Fire all current Executive Staff and Management. 3. Take all those now unused and bloated salaries and fully-fund libraries with the resources they need to pay actual library staff to open libraries on Saturdays.
Performance Management - Philadelphia
Thursday, June 29, 2023

And/or: tax the rich much more. "Freedom isn't free"--so why should luxury & privilege be? You know who you are. Learn to share.
Cat - Philadelphia
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Why are the vast areas of Northwest and Northeast Philadelphia pretty much empty of Library service on Saturdays?
Paul - Germantown
Friday, July 7, 2023

Its wonderful to keep the librarys open but it be nice to have a hotspot to look for more resources. to help with our homelessness, an job /etc searches. for some people are still looking for resources.
Ezekiel Thorpe - Philadelphia
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

I think it's a travesty that the main library on the Parkway isn't open. It sits where a lot of the museums are and are open on Saturdays tourists could go in and view on that day. There are no libraries in the Roxborough area or East Falls area open on Saturdays. The city has to do better.
Capricirn - Philadelphia
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

When will the chestnut hill library open on Saturdays
pamela freeman - Philadelphia
Saturday, August 12, 2023

I wish Overbrook Park Library open on Saturday soon.
Stephen E. Bynum III - Overbrook Park Library
Sunday, August 13, 2023

I love Overbrook Park Library open on Saturday soon.
Stephen E. Bynum III - Overbrook Park Library
Friday, August 18, 2023

I love my new free library of philadelphia card!! Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop
Stephen E. Bynum III - Overbrook Park Library
Friday, August 18, 2023

I work not too far from the main location of the library but since I get off at four, it is a hassle to rush to get there before five. It would be great to have the main branch open on Saturdays again. It would also be great if the libraries hours could be extended at least to six and why isn't the Chelten Avenue location open on Saturdays?
Marcus Carter - Germantown
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

I'm so Excited 😊 🤗 🤪 😃 😄 😛
Stephen E. Bynum III - Lovett Memorial Library
Friday, October 13, 2023