Cecil B. Moore Library

2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121-2927
(Cecil B. Moore & 23rd Street)
215-685-2766

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

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., Feb. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

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Upcoming Events

Social Justice Read Aloud

Tue, Jan 23, 4:00 P.M.

Practice your reading skills and explore the library’s books with Miss Kayla. We will feature books and stories that showcase and reflect…

Community Storytimes

Wed, Jan 24, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for our family & community story time! Children ages 0-5, their siblings, and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, and…

Friday Builders

Fri, Jan 26, 3:30 P.M.

Come build with us! We’ll use a rotating mix of Legos, Magnatiles, wooden blocks, cups, and more. Primarily intended for children ages 6-12…

Community Storytimes

Wed, Jan 31, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for our family & community story time! Children ages 0-5, their siblings, and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, and…

Friday Builders

Fri, Feb 2, 3:30 P.M.

Come build with us! We’ll use a rotating mix of Legos, Magnatiles, wooden blocks, cups, and more. Primarily intended for children ages 6-12…

Words at Play - Play Party (Exploring Colors)

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

Exploring Colors - Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a fun exploration of colors. FREE fun for families and children ages birth - 5 years.…

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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.