Charles L. Durham Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

3320 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2021
34th St. & Haverford Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday, 6/26 Closed
Monday, 6/27 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 6/28 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Wednesday, 6/29 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Thursday, 6/30 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Friday, 7/1 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed *
Friday, 7/1 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed *
Saturday, 7/2 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 10am - 6pm today.
  • * Tuesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 2 - 6pm today.
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 10am - 6pm today.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials Pick Up will be offered from 10am - 6pm.
  • * Friday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 10am - 1pm today.
  • * Friday had hour changes – preparation for the Independence Day holiday
Sunday Closed
Monday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
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Facilities

  • 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

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…

About

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.

History

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.