Andorra Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 1/19 Closed
Monday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/21 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/23 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
View all holiday closings

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
  • Bicycle rack
  • Scanner

Nearby Libraries

Support Andorra Library

Donate Now

Upcoming Events

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

Thu, Jan 23, 4:45 P.M.

We will be offering free kids yoga and mindfullness for the LEAP afterschool program on Thursdays. Please plan to wear comfortable, flexible…

Friendly Bridge Club

Sat, Jan 25, 11:00 A.M.

Please join us to play Contract Bridge, socially.  All levels are welcome - learners, experienced players and teachers.

Paws for Reading

Wed, Jan 29, 4:15 P.M.

We are delighted to host Paws for Reading, a program that gives children a chance to read out loud to a well-trained, certified therapy dog…

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

Thu, Jan 30, 4:45 P.M.

We will be offering free kids yoga and mindfullness for the LEAP afterschool program on Thursdays. Please plan to wear comfortable, flexible…

LEGO Club

Fri, Jan 31, 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…

LEGO Club

Fri, Feb 7, 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…

View all events

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.