Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/17 Closed
Monday, 2/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' Day
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Feb. 25 : Closed Due to building improvement
  • Tue., Feb. 26 : Closed Due to building improvement
  • Wed., Feb. 27 : Closed Due to building improvement
  • Thu., Feb. 28 : Closed Due to building improvement
  • Fri., Mar. 1 : Closed Due to building improvement
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Photo of Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

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

Black History Month Inventors Showcase

Wed, Feb 20, 4:00 P.M.

Join us for an Inventor Showcase where children will learn about African American inventors and their inventions. 

Africa Storytime Expedition

Thu, Feb 21, 11:00 A.M.

Children and their families are invited for a special storytime featuring Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott, and an…

Movie Matinee

Mon, Feb 25, 4:00 P.M.

Enjoy an after school movie at the library.

LEGO Day

Wed, Feb 27, 4:00 P.M.

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

Read Across America: Dr. Seuss Reading Circle

Sat, Mar 2, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration and Reading Circle! We’ll be reading our favorite Dr. Seuss books, indulging in sweet…

Read Across America: Dr. Seuss Dance Party

Mon, Mar 4, 4:00 P.M.

Join us for Dr. Seuss’s Dance Party! Let kids enjoy expressing themselves with their own movements and other dance moves inspired by Dr.…

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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.