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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Mar. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 2 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 12 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 7 : 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

Stories that Heal: Black Ancestral Wisdom as Medicine

Sat, Feb 29, 1:00 P.M.

Our ancestors have much to teach us about survival, healing and resistance in hard times. The workshop will invite participants to celebrate the…

Chess Club

Mon, Mar 2, 3:30 P.M.

Are you a chess wiz, novice, or somewhere in between? Come flex your skills and participate in games and tournaments with your peers to further…

Drop-in Media Lab

Tue, Mar 3, 4:45 P.M.

Share creative space and technology and participate in a guided multi-media story-making process. Come with questions and an idea of what you want…

Chess Club

Mon, Mar 9, 3:30 P.M.

Are you a chess wiz, novice, or somewhere in between? Come flex your skills and participate in games and tournaments with your peers to further…

Chess Club

Mon, Mar 16, 3:30 P.M.

Are you a chess wiz, novice, or somewhere in between? Come flex your skills and participate in games and tournaments with your peers to further…

Chess Club

Mon, Mar 23, 3:30 P.M.

Are you a chess wiz, novice, or somewhere in between? Come flex your skills and participate in games and tournaments with your peers to further…

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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.