Andorra Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

705 East Cathedral Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128-2106
Henry Ave. & Cathedral Rd.
Open today until 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11/28 Closed
– 2:00 p.m.*
Monday, 11/29 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/30 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/1 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/2 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/3 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/4 Closed
  • * Sunday has hour changes – in observance of Thanksgiving
Sunday Closed
Monday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
View all holiday closings

Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Parking lot
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

Beginner Bird Walk

Fri, December 3, 2021 9:30 A.M.

Join JoAnne Woods for a bird walk through the Andorra Natural Area.  These walks are geared towards adults interested in learning about bird watching and also learning about the resources that can be used. Space is limited and you can save your spot by registering at …

Beginner Bird Walk

Fri, December 17, 2021 9:30 A.M.

Join JoAnne Woods for a bird walk through the Andorra Natural Area.  These walks are geared towards adults interested in learning about bird watching and also learning about the resources that can be used. Space is limited and you can save your spot by registering at …

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.