Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

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

Open today until 5:00 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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Dec. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 24 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Dec. 31 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
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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

Winter Wonderland

Mon, Dec 16, 4:00 P.M.

Winter is coming! Come learn about all the wonderful things you have to look forward to. There will be stories, crafts and food.  This…

Pete the Cat Pizza Party

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

Come join us for pizza and a reading of the new book “Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party” by Kimberly & James Dean. …

LEGO Day

Wed, Dec 18, 4:00 P.M.

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

Bridges to Wealth Monthly Investment Meetings

Wed, Jan 22, 6:00 P.M.

This is a free financial empowerment program from the University of Pennsylvania aimed at teaching the importance of savings, repairing credit,…

Bridges to Wealth Monthly Investment Meetings

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00 P.M.

This is a free financial empowerment program from the University of Pennsylvania aimed at teaching the importance of savings, repairing credit,…

One Book, Many Voices Community Dinner

Wed, Mar 11, 6:00 P.M.

Join a family-style dinner of dishes from the Americas catered by El Merkury, Poi Dog Philly, Everything We Eat and South Philly Barbacoa. Hear…

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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.