Andorra Library

705 East Cathedral Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128-2106
(Henry Ave. & Cathedral Rd.)
215-685-2552

Hiking backpacks are now available at the Andorra library!

 

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12/16 Closed
Monday, 12/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 12/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Wednesday, 12/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/22 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to loss of power.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to power outage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Thu., Jan. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thu., Feb. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Photo of Andorra Library

Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Screen-reading software (JAWS)
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Self-service checkout

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Upcoming Events

Book Discussion: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Wed, Feb 13, 2:00 P.M.

Sit down at your local library to discuss this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, a novel about family and time.   Reading…

Rain Check Workshop

Tue, Feb 19, 6:00 P.M.

Come to this workshop to learn how you can get a free rain barrel from Philadelphia Water! Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain gardens,…

Urban Medicine Cabinet

Tue, Mar 5, 6:00 P.M.

Make and take home first aid ointment, herbal steam, and headache lozenges, while learning about the beneficial properties of specific herbs and…

Tai Chi

Tue, Apr 2, 12:00 P.M.

Join us for a healthy and stress relieving break in the middle of your day.  Our instructor, Henry Vuong, has been studying Tai Chi…

Tai Chi

Tue, Apr 9, 12:00 P.M.

Join us for a healthy and stress relieving break in the middle of your day.  Our instructor, Henry Vuong, has been studying Tai Chi…

Tai Chi

Tue, Apr 16, 12:00 P.M.

Join us for a healthy and stress relieving break in the middle of your day.  Our instructor, Henry Vuong, has been studying Tai Chi…

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About

Located in the Andorra Shopping Center where Henry and Ridge Avenues meet, the Andorra Branch is convenient to stores and parking. Look for the big yellow LIBRARY sign! The branch serves the Andorra and Upper Roxborough neighborhoods.

History

Richard Wistar named the area Andorra in 1857 after the small country in the Pyrenees Mountains of Europe because he felt the topography of the two regions was similar. From colonial days this region was bisected by a major highway called The Ridge (now Ridge Avenue). The road was originally laid out in 1706 to haul lime from Collegeville to Philadelphia.

Much of the land is part of Fairmount Park, and much of the adjacent land belonged to the Houston family. The area changed from rural to more urban with the construction of houses on land that was part of the Houston estate, and the completion and modernization of Henry Avenue.

Henry Avenue was probably named for Alexander Henry, Mayor of Philadelphia from 1858-1862. His brother had married the daughter of Henry Howard Houston, who owned much of the land in Andorra.

Cathedral Road is named for the cathedral that the Episcopal Diocese started building before World War II. Construction was interrupted because of the war, and was never resumed. The constructed portion is now a chapel. Cathedral Village, a community for older adults, was built on the surrounding land.

The Andorra Branch opened on March 31, 1975 in the Andorra Shopping Center, Cathedral Road and Henry Avenue. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches. Artists Max Mason and M. Webb created the mural above the picture book section depicting the Philadelphia skyline and the Andorra Woods.