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
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.