Andorra Library

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

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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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 28 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 9 : 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

Preschool Storytime

Wed, May 23, 10:30 A.M.

We will read a few books, dance to a few songs, and learn a new rhyme with Sign Language along with Children's Librarian - Miss Molly. …

Yoga for Kindergarten and Up!

Thu, May 24, 4:45 P.M.

Stretch, bend, and pose with us.  Please wear comfortable clothing (and if you happen to have a yoga mat, feel free to bring it).   For…

Birding with Books (and Apps!)

Fri, May 25, 7:45 A.M.

Join us for a 6 week birding program.  We will learn to identify local bird species using our collective knowledge, field guides, and…

LEGO Club

Fri, May 25, 3:45 P.M.

Can't keep your hands out of a tub of LEGOs?  We can't either. Do you dream of building something amazing with LEGOs?  We do…

Mystery Book Club

Tue, May 29, 6:30 P.M.

Love a good mystery?  Enjoy talking about books?  Join us for a Mystery Book Club.  We will be meeting on the last Tuesday of the…

Preschool Storytime

Wed, May 30, 10:30 A.M.

We will read a few books, dance to a few songs, and learn a new rhyme with Sign Language along with Children's Librarian - Miss Molly. …

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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.