Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

Historical Images of Philadelphia Free Library Departments and Branches
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00365
Title: Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library
Additional Title: Ground-breaking for the Northwest Regional Library, ca. 1976
Historic Street Address: 68 West Chelten Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Northwest Regional Library opened on July 25, 1978, replacing the former Germantown Branch. It was the third regional library in the Free Library system, providing the region with a larger collection than those of neighborhood branches.

This is a photograph taken, ca. 1976, at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Northwest Regional Library. Pictured in the center is Philadelphia City Council President Joseph E. Coleman.  In 2002, the library was renamed for Mr. Coleman, a 20-year city councilman and its first African-American president, who worked for the development of this regional library.

The library serves the Northwest Philadelphia communities.

Creation Year: ca. 1976
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.176034
Geocode Latitude:40.034060