Cecil B. Moore Library

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

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/11 Closed
Monday, 11/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 11/13 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Wednesday, 11/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Thursday, 11/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/16 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/17 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Veterans Day (Observed)
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to heating issues.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to heating issues.
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

  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 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

Friday Gaming

Fri, Nov 16, 3:30 P.M.

Enjoy a selection of board games, card games, and Wii games after school every Friday. Intended for school-age children through teens. Day care…

Open Climb

Mon, Nov 19, 10:30 A.M.

Come take advantage of our new play space, featuring a miniature rockwall! Our redesign encourages imaginative play that boosts children’s…

Open Climb

Wed, Nov 21, 10:30 A.M.

Come take advantage of our new play space, featuring a miniature rockwall! Our redesign encourages imaginative play that boosts children’s…

Community Story Time

Wed, Nov 21, 11:00 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…

Open Climb

Wed, Nov 28, 10:30 A.M.

Come take advantage of our new play space, featuring a miniature rockwall! Our redesign encourages imaginative play that boosts children’s…

Community Story Time

Wed, Nov 28, 11:00 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…

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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.