Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19143-3036
(59th St. & Baltimore Ave.)
215-685-1973

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Dec. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thu., Jan. 24 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Computers for public use

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Upcoming Events

SmART Readers

Tue, Dec 11, 3:00 P.M.

Students ages 7-12 can join us for an exciting visual art and literacy program! A visiting artist will engage students in fun art making…

Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

Wed, Dec 12, 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a gingerbread cookie themed story time. After story time, each child will be able to decorate their own gingerbread cookie. 

Teen Winter Craft

Thu, Dec 13, 4:00 P.M.

Make a winter-themed craft. Snacks provided.

Winter Wonderland

Mon, Dec 17, 4:00 P.M.

Kickoff the winter season with a fun filled evening at the library.  There will stories, games, crafts, treats, and many winter themed…

SmART Readers

Tue, Dec 18, 3:00 P.M.

Students ages 7-12 can join us for an exciting visual art and literacy program! A visiting artist will engage students in fun art making…

LEGO Day

Wed, Dec 19, 4:00 P.M.

Join other children and explore your creative side with Legos. Mega-blocks available for smaller children; all materials provided.

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About

Serving the Cobbs Creek community since 1925, the branch was renamed in 1990 to honor a local activist. Situated on a triangular lot where Cobbs Creek Parkway, Baltimore Avenue, and 58th Street converge, the branch has a tree-lined walkway in front.

History

Cobbs Creek was known as Karakung by the Lenni Lenape Indians and Mill Creek by Swedes in the late 1600's. It later became known as Cobbs Creek after an English settler. The neighborhood surrounding the Cobbs Creek Branch was part of land belonging to the Hoffman family since colonial days. The area became part of Blockley Township in the 1800's.

A village called Angora centered around several mills on Cobbs Creek located at the current intersection of 60th Street and Baltimore Avenue. The woods surrounding the village were known as Sherwood Forest. In the 1910's, the mills and woods were torn down to make way for houses.

Baltimore Avenue was used to transport food and supplies from the Schuylkill River wharfs to places west of the city. Around 1905, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company started subway surface routes using the electric streetcar on Baltimore Avenue. Trolleys still travel this route today. Subway surface routes, as well as the completion of the Market Elevated in 1907, spurred residential construction in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood.

Funded by a grant from Andrew Carnegie, the Cobbs Creek Branch opened on December 30, 1925. The community contributed $10,000 toward a book fund. The building was renovated and refurbished in 1957.

In 1990, the branch library was renamed the Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch in honor of Blanche Nixon, a local resident, community activist and library volunteer. Mrs. Nixon spearheaded beautification projects at the branch, including its garden and exterior mural.

The library was renovated in 1997 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.