Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 10/23 Closed
Monday, 10/24 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/26 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/27 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 10/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/29 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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

  • Thu., Oct. 27: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 17: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 22: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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The Great Migration Documentary Film Festival with Scribe Video

Wed, November 9, 2016 5:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting the Scribe Video Center for a free all-city travelling film-festival. 2016 marks 100 years since the beginning of the first Great Migration, the mass movement that brought many African-American families to Philadelphia and points north at the start of…

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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.


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.

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Bus Routes: 46, G
Subway/Surface: 34 trolley