Cecil B. Moore Library

2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121-2927
Cecil B. Moore & 23rd Street
Closed Today
Sunday, 6/4 Closed
Monday, 6/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/8 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Friday, 6/9 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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  • Baby changing station
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Children's only restroom
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain

Upcoming Events

Summer of Wonder Kick-off

Sat, June 10, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Celebrate the start of our summer program with hours of fun! Join us for activities and sign-up for summer reading, from 11:00-2:00. Face painting, balloon animals, & airbrush tattoo from…


Tue, June 13, 2023 10:30 A.M.

Bring your children for a program of stories, songs, and activities. The program is designed for children 7 and under and their caregivers and siblings. Please reach out to Ms. Kate at…

Get in the Ring: Meditation & Flow State

Tue, June 13, 2023 3:30 P.M.

Practice mindfulness, focus, and meditation through boxing techniques. The practice is guided by  master boxing teacher Elohim Lee Smith.   Free Library of Pride event, LGBTQ event  

Pride Month Craft Club: Power & Protest Collage

Tue, June 13, 2023 4:00 P.M.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, make cool queer crafts, meet friends, and just BE YOU every Tuesday in June at 4pm! For teens, their caregivers, and siblings.


Located near the intersection of 23rd Street and Ridge Avenue, this branch serves North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown, Sharswood, and the Johnson Homes. Formerly the Columbia Avenue Branch, the avenue and the library were renamed in 1987.


Originally named the Columbia Avenue Branch, the library opened for business on April 10, 1962. This branch succeeded the Wagner Institute Branch, located at 17th and Montgomery. Wagner Institute Branch was the first extension, or branch, of the Free Library, opening on October 18, 1892. It still exists at 17th and Montgomery as a science and natural history museum.

Cecil Bassett Moore was a lawyer, civil rights activist who led the fight to integrate Girard College, president of the local NAACP, and member of Philadelphia's City Council. With the help of high school students gathering signatures for a petition, the names of the street and branch were changed in 1987 to honor Moore.

While visiting the library, you might notice the mural in the children's room, "Let Beauty Fill Their Eyes." It was painted by David Lawrence and portrait artist Rhasaan Fort in 2000. The mosaic in the vestibule, "Integration of Science and Art," was completed in 1963 by Edna Andrade. The library was renovated in 1996 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Web access to every library.