Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

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5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19143-3036
59th St. & Baltimore Ave.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1/16 Closed
Monday, 1/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Wednesday, 1/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/22 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to police activity.
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

  • Thu., Jan. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 24 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Mar. 24 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Parent/Baby Bonding Time with bell hooks

Tue, February 1, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Parents of babies, come by and grab this kit from the library and enjoy some reading, play, and bonding time with your little one! Each kit includes a board book of Homemade Love by bell hooks,…

Tech Tuesday: Black History STEM

Tue, February 1, 2022 3:30 P.M.

This February, Tech Tuesday will be celebrating Black scientists, inventors, and innovators. Stop by LEAP after school to learn about each week’s subject and try a new STEM craft or…

Black History DIY Film Discussion Kit

Wed, February 2, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Come check out everything you need to host your own film discussion with your pod! Each kit comes with a film about Black history and/or by a Black filmmaker, snacks, discussion questions to talk…

Parent/Baby Bonding Time with bell hooks

Tue, February 8, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Parents of babies, come by and grab this kit from the library and enjoy some reading, play, and bonding time with your little one! Each kit includes a board book of Homemade Love by bell hooks,…

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.