Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19143-3036
59th St. & Baltimore Ave.
Open today until 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 8/7 Closed
Monday, 8/8 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/9 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 8/10 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/11 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8/12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/13 Closed
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Extended hours due to cooling center.
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., Aug. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
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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
  • Bicycle rack
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Meeting space (reservation required)

Upcoming Events

58th and Baltimore Farmer’s Market

Wed, August 10, 2022 12:00 P.M.

A new Farmer's Market is coming to our location! The 58th and Baltimore Farmer's Market is launching Wednesday, June 8th from 12-3:30pm on the lawn at Blanche Nixon. The farmers market…

Spooky Story Club

Thu, August 11, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Do you enjoy a spook and a scare? Come grab a snack and listen to a read aloud of one of the short stories in Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz. Then, share about some of the…

Builder's Club

Fri, August 12, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Do you love to build?  We’ve got all kinds of different blocks and building toys available for you to come enjoy and create with!  For children ages 11 and under.

Crafternoons

Tue, August 16, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join us in the children’s department and have a fun crafternoon! Stop by each week to make a new, fun craft.  For children ages 11 and under.

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.