Cecil B. Moore Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 12/17 Closed
Monday, 12/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 12/23 Closed
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
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

  • Fri., Dec. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Fri., Dec. 29 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year Day holiday
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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

Maker Jawn

Mon, Dec 18, 3:00 P.M.

Community members of all ages are welcome to learn new skills, explore various projects, and create. Come and make stuff with us! Children under 6…

Maker Jawn

Tue, Dec 19, 3:00 P.M.

Community members of all ages are welcome to learn new skills, explore various projects, and create. Come and make stuff with us! Children under 6…

Maker Jawn

Wed, Dec 20, 3:00 P.M.

Community members of all ages are welcome to learn new skills, explore various projects, and create. Come and make stuff with us! Children under 6…

Maker Jawn

Thu, Dec 21, 3:00 P.M.

Community members of all ages are welcome to learn new skills, explore various projects, and create. Come and make stuff with us! Children under 6…

Friday Builders

Fri, Jan 5, 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…

Social Justice Read Aloud

Tue, Jan 9, 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…

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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.