Andorra Library

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

Open today 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Sunday Literacy Program

Sun, Apr 23, 1:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers…

Preschool Storytime

Wed, Apr 26, 10:30 A.M.

The Andorra Library will be hosting our regular drop-in Preschool Storytime on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. This week we will read a few…

Kids Yoga

Thu, Apr 27, 4:30 P.M.

The Andorra Library will be offering free Kids Yoga every Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. All children in Kindergarten or older are welcome to…

One Book Every Young Child Storytime

Fri, Apr 28, 3:45 P.M.

Join your children's librarian for a special storytime featuring Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer, the 2017 One Book, Every Young Child…

Sunday Literacy Program

Sun, Apr 30, 1:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers…

Reading with Brian Biggs

Wed, May 3, 10:30 A.M.

Local author and illustrator Brian Biggs will be on hand to help us celebrate Children's Book Week. Mr. Biggs will read from two of his recent…

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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.