Lillian Marrero/Lehigh Avenue Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00252
Title: Lillian Marrero/Lehigh Avenue Branch
Additional Title: Young library patrons at the Lehigh Avenue Branch, ca. 1948
Historic Street Address: 601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Lehigh Avenue Branch, the third Free Library branch that was built with funds from Andrew Carnegie, opened on November 20, 1906. This ca. 1948 interior photograph shows young library patrons in the children's room, learning about South America.

The branch was saved from a planned relocation in the mid-1960s, and was instead rehabilitated in 1967.  In 2005, the branch was renamed the Lillian Marrero Branch, in memory of Lillian E. Marrero-Rios, a librarian at this branch for many years. She ran a food bank in the library’s basement, which is still in operation.

The branch serves the communities of Central North Philadelphia, Fairhill, St. Edwards/Hartranft, and West Kensington. 

Creation Year: ca. 1948
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.142456
Geocode Latitude:39.992764