Andorra Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Thursday, October 1 – Message from Staff

Materials Pickup appointments are available on Mondays and Fridays from 10 - noon and 1:30  to 4 p.m. - please contact the branch to schedule a pickup time for your holds.

Staff are available to answer questions by phone Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9-4.

Our book drop is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9:30-4:30.

Please call the branch for info at 215-685-2552.

 

 

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

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 26 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Services By Appointment

Services

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

Upcoming Events

Meditation Club for Adults

Thu, October 29, 2020 11:00 A.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,…

Day of the Dead Monarch Migration Talk

Mon, November 2, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies will arrive in Mexico on the Day of the Dead?  Meet local naturalist, Linda Timlin, and learn about the butterflies…

Meditation Club for Adults

Thu, November 5, 2020 11:00 A.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

Thu, November 12, 2020 11:00 A.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.