Cecil B. Moore Library

2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121-2927
(Cecil B. Moore & 23rd Street)

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/23 Closed
Monday, 10/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, 10/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/27 10:00 a.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.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to a lack of staff.
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

  • Thu., Nov. 3: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 1: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Meet Civil Rights Leader John Lewis and author Andrew Aydin at a book signing!

Mon, Oct 31, 3:15 P.M.

Congressman John Robert Lewis is an American politician and civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional…

Shopping for Food

Sat, Dec 3, 11:00 A.M.

Go, grapes! Rah, radishes! Let’s go shopping for food, share stories and play games! FREE fun for families with children ages birth - 5…

Kids in the Kitchen

Sat, Dec 10, 11:00 A.M.

Have you ever made art with Brussels sprouts? Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center to explore the sounds of the kitchen and…

What Do Animals Eat?

Sat, Dec 17, 11:00 A.M.

What does an armadillo eat? Join the Philadelphia Zoo and the Franklin Institute for an exploration of foods that animals find delicious, and…


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.

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