Six-Day Service Beginning at 10 Neighborhood Free Library Branches

By Administrator RSS Wed, November 15, 2023

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to announce the return of six-day service at 10 of our neighborhood library locations throughout the city. Saturday hours are being rolled out in waves, so more libraries will be added soon.

Beginning November 18, 2023, the following branches will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–5 p.m:


Frequently Asked Questions

How were these libraries selected?

The staffing levels at these libraries in general supported six-day service with little interruption to weekday operations.

When will more libraries be added?

More waves of libraries will be added at the beginning of the upcoming calendar year.

How will the Free Library communicate the new libraries being added to six-day service?

We will communicate the addition of libraries to six-day service on our website, social media channels, and through branch signage and the media.

How is six-day service being funded?

Six-day service is possible following the allocation of $37 million dollars, spread over five years from the Kenney administration and City Council.

map of Philadelphia with library locations pinned

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to expand access to more neighborhood branches as we continue improving staffing efforts system-wide. Find a Free Library branch near you!

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So they are adding Saturday service at 10 locations after cutting hours at all of the locations with a 7:00 PM closure, or a 6:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday, and a 5:00 PM closure on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Before the pandemic all of the libraries had Saturday hours, and they closed at 8:00 PM when they were open late, and at 6:00 PM on the other days with a 5:00 PM closing on Friday. This is nothing more than a spin move by the current Administration to try and sell a cut in services at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Free Library of Philadelphia is the only remaining major public library system in the country that has still not restored its hours to prepandemic services. The lie, and the sad commentary continue from this new administration.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

I would like a library card
Ally Nicole - Bruin pa
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ally Nicole, Pennsylvania residents can get a card for the Free Library of Phialdelphia. go to to sign up!
Alison - Philadelphia
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Amen and Amen.
Bria Canady
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Please give us an idea of when our Port Richmond branch will be open on Saturday. Thank you.
Doris Lynch - Philadelphia
Thursday, November 16, 2023

This map doesn't accurately reflect the location of Katharine Drexel branch.
me - NE Philly
Friday, November 17, 2023

SO GLAD YOU'RE OPENING SATURDAYS 🥳 again. Community groups need these spaces to meet (for free) for activities. THANK YOU. Please, advertise more extensively.
Angel - Wynnefield
Saturday, November 18, 2023

Thank you. Can't wait until the Eastwick branch is added. I miss going on Saturdays.
Sandy - Southwest
Thursday, November 23, 2023

When will the Parkway Central Library be open on Saturday? Also, since your hours are still so limited, especially to community in Center City, why are so many databases, such as JSTOR, limited to on location access, when location access is limited? I know that Universities offer these databases with off campus access so it IS possible.
Edwin Greenlee - Center City Philadelphia
Monday, November 27, 2023