Cecil B. Moore Library

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 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

  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Fri., Dec. 30: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year's Day holiday
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  • 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)


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Upcoming Events

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Assistance

Sat, Dec 10, 10:00 A.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options under the Affordable Care Act, and now…

Kids in the Kitchen

Sat, Dec 10, 11:00 A.M.

Have you ever made art with Brussels sprouts? Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center to explore the sounds of the kitchen and…

A Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

Sat, Dec 10, 1:00 P.M.

Celebrate Family, Community and Culture with a Pre-Kwanzaa festival. Participate in a Kwanzaa Ceremony, including the Seven Principles.…

What Do Animals Eat?

Sat, Dec 17, 11:00 A.M.

What does an armadillo eat? Join the Philadelphia Zoo and the Franklin Institute for an exploration of foods that animals find delicious, and…

Winter Storytime

Tue, Dec 20, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for the new winter series of our family & community story times! Children ages 0-5, their siblings, and their caregivers are invited…

Winter Storytime

Tue, Jan 3, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for the new winter series of our family & community story times! Children ages 0-5, their siblings, and their caregivers are invited for…

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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.


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.

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Bus Routes: 3, 33, 61