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. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday By Appointment
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday By Appointment
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving 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

Upcoming Events

Summer Reading Outside

Fri, July 30, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Join us outside at our Summer Reading table! Sign up for Summer Reading and get your swag bag with supplies, ideas, prizes and more, or stop by to grab a snack, share your progress, grab a free…

Grab and Go Activity Kits

Fri, July 30, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Stop by our Summer Reading table to grab your weekly activity kit! Each week we’ll explore a different theme through take home crafts and activities. You can catch a sneak peak of each…

Grab and Go Activity Kits

Mon, August 2, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Stop by our Summer Reading table to grab your weekly activity kit! Each week we’ll explore a different theme through take home crafts and activities. You can catch a sneak peak of each…

Summer Reading Outside

Wed, August 4, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Join us outside at our Summer Reading table! Sign up for Summer Reading and get your swag bag with supplies, ideas, prizes and more, or stop by to grab a snack, share your progress, grab a free…

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.