Charles L. Durham Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

3320 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2021
34th St. & Haverford Ave.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
Monday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Tuesday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Friday, 5/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up offered 10 - 11:15am today.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 10am - 3:30pm today.
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Memorial 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

  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
  • Thu., Jun. 23 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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  • Book drop box
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Bicycle rack
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)

Upcoming Events

Getting to Know Me: Ayesha

Now through Fri, May 27, 2022 5:00 P.M.

Please join us in learning more about Ayesha. Ayesha is a fictional, indigenous Muslim born and raised in West Philadelphia. She is lending us her  trunk, which she filled with items that reflect part of her life, culture and heritage. In this self-guided, hands-on program,…

Science in the Summer 2022 - Be a Biologist!

Mon, August 1, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Science in the Summer  is a fun, free, hands-on science education program presented by GSK in partnership with The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of science. Through classes held in local public libraries and…


Formerly the Mantua Branch, the library was renamed in 1995 to honor Judge Charles L. Durham. Serving the Mantua and Powelton communities, the library is located near the Drexel University campus and the Philadelphia Zoo.


Part of this neighborhood was purchased from the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1677 by William Warner. In 1692, a young Welsh carpenter, William Powel, opened a ferry over the Schuylkill River at the foot of the present Spring Garden Bridge. Lancaster Pike and Haverford Road were the first routes providing access from the west.

Mantua was named in 1809 by Judge Richard Peters, who designed a grid of lots with 36th St. and Haverford Ave. as the center. He named the area for a city in Italy.

Powelton was named for the family of William Powell, whose son purchased additional land. By the mid-1880's, Powelton was a fashionable area, becoming part of Philadelphia after the Consolidation Act of 1854.

Designed as part of the multipurpose Mantua Community Center, the Mantua library branch opened July 9, 1979. The building also includes a Department of Recreation gymnasium, a community office and a meeting room.

The branch was renamed the Charles L. Durham Free Library in 1995. Born in Mantua, Durham served on City Council from 1967 to 1974, when he was appointed to the Common Pleas Court. He a strong advocate for the community, and was deeply involved in the struggle for civil rights and was part of the first black caucus on Council.

The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and ensured Internet access.