Cheltenham Mall Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00043
Title: Cheltenham Mall Branch
Additional Title: Interior view of a library patron at the Cheltenham Mall Branch, 1990
Creation Date: 7/18/1990
Historic Street Address: Washington Lane & Cheltenham Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Pictured here is library patron Andell Lewis, in the short-lived Cheltenham Mall Branch, in 1990.  According to reporting from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the branch was created in 1990 as a summertime "pop-up" library branch inside the Cheltenham Square Mall, intended to lure mall shoppers from the nearby Stenton community (especially teens "hanging out" at the mall) to a library branch.

It proved an unsuccessful venture, in part because the Cheltenham Square Mall is located on the north side of Cheltenham Avenue, which is actually in Cheltenham, Montgomery County, therefore encroaching on the Cheltenham Township Library System.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.154118
Geocode Latitude:40.071686

Creator Name: Steinmetz, William F. - Photographer