Cecil B. Moore Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

Tuesday, April 12 – Message from Staff

Be A Biologist!

Science in the Summer returns to in-person programs Free Library locations! Hands on Science fun for children entering 2nd-6th grade.  The lottery for these kits open May 9th and closes on May 27 at www.scienceinthesummer.com

Thursday, March 24 – Message from Staff

The Cecil B. Moore library is helping to host an adult book club.  Please see this Meetup announcement  for more details!

 

 

2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121-2927
Cecil B. Moore & 23rd Street
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
Monday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 5/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 2 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
View all holiday closings

Facilities

  • 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

Family Storytime

Wed, June 1, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Families of preschool aged children are invited to join us for storytimes at the Cecil B Moore Library. Groups should contact the librarian at walkert@freelibrary.org to make sure there is…

Family Storytime

Wed, June 8, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Families of preschool aged children are invited to join us for storytimes at the Cecil B Moore Library. Groups should contact the librarian at walkert@freelibrary.org to make sure there is…

No More Boring Dates! Discover the Versatility of Cooking with Dates.

Mon, June 13, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Whether you are going on a date, or a eating the fruit, dates brings people together. In Islam, the date is sacred. It is mentioned in the Quran more than any other fruit-bearing plant. Muslims…

Family Storytime

Wed, June 15, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Families of preschool aged children are invited to join us for storytimes at the Cecil B Moore Library. Groups should contact the librarian at walkert@freelibrary.org to make sure there is…

About

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.

History

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.