Charles L. Durham Library

3320 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2021
(34th St. & Haverford Ave.)
215-685-7436

Closed Today

Sunday, 4/23 Closed
Monday, 4/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/25 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/27 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
Friday, 4/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4/29 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Apr. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., May. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Street parking
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Crochet Club

Thu, Apr 27, 4:00 P.M.

Join Ms. Debra on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m., to learn how to crochet. 

Storytime!

Wed, May 3, 10:30 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Debra for storytime! Childcare groups are welcome to call the librarian and schedule a…

Storytime!

Wed, May 17, 10:30 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Debra for storytime! Childcare groups are welcome to call the librarian and schedule a…

Storytime!

Wed, May 31, 10:30 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Debra for storytime! Childcare groups are welcome to call the librarian and schedule a…

About

Formerly the Mantua Branch, the library was renamed in 1995 to honor Judge 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.