Andorra Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, April 26 – Message from Staff

Are you interested in Meditation?  Join us as we meditate together while staying apart.  We will explore various modalities of meditation.  Meditation has many benefits.  It can reduce stress, help control anxiety, improve sleep and emotional health, and may reduce blood pressure and help control pain.

Our Meditation Club meets online weekly and now we are also meeting OUTSIDE!!! Please email JoAnne Woods at woodsj@freelibrary.org if you'd like to join the club. You'll be added to our listserv and receive information about meeting locations and times, plus Zoom links for online meetings!

 

Tuesday, February 2 – Message from Staff

Di you know that we are offering early morning material pickups on Wednesdays?  We are!

We will offer pickup service on Wednesdays 8:15 a.m. to noon, then 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Regular Monday and Friday material pickups will be 10:00 a.m. to noon, then 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Librarians will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to assist patrons with selecting items from our shelves.

Our Book Drop is open for returns 24/7.

705 East Cathedral Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128-2106
Henry Ave. & Cathedral Rd.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Meditation Club for Adults

Sat, May 15, 2021 1:30 P.M.

Let's meditate together while staying apart.  We will explore various modalities of meditation.  Meditation has many benefits.  It can reduce stress, help control anxiety,…

Tuesday Treks in the Houston Meadow

Tue, May 18, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Join us for a nature hike in the Houston Meadow. We will meet at the Houston Playground, located at 900 Grakyn Lane, and then head out to observe.  Feel free to bring binoculars, if you have…

Meditation Club for Adults

Sat, May 22, 2021 1:30 P.M.

Let's meditate together while staying apart.  We will explore various modalities of meditation.  Meditation has many benefits.  It can reduce stress, help control anxiety,…

Meditation Club for Adults

Sat, May 29, 2021 1:30 P.M.

Let's meditate together while staying apart.  We will explore various modalities of meditation.  Meditation has many benefits.  It can reduce stress, help control anxiety,…

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.