Charles Santore Library

932 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2932
(7th & Carpenter Sts.)
215-686-1766

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 6/17 Closed
Monday, 6/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, 6/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/23 Closed
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to a staff shortage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Jams! in the Park @ Dickinson Square

Wed, Jun 20, 10:00 A.M.

Meet us in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity.

Around the World with the Geography Lady!

Wed, Jun 20, 3:00 P.M.

Travel around the world while staying right here in the library! Take a chance to learn about different places and different cultures with Miss…

Knitting and Crocheting Circle

Wed, Jun 20, 6:00 P.M.

If you’re crafty, come hang out with us and make something! All levels welcome.  

ESL Conversation Group

Wed, Jun 20, 6:30 P.M.

This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English. ALL are welcome.

ESL Conversation Group

Mon, Jun 25, 1:00 P.M.

This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English. ALL are welcome.

Yoga

Mon, Jun 25, 6:30 P.M.

Yoga with a certified instructor. Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, you’re welcome to join us!

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About

Formerly the Southwark Branch, the library was renamed in 2004 to honor political leader Charles Santore. Located a short distance from the Italian Market, the library serves the South Philadelphia communities of Bella Vista, Queen Village, and Hawthorne.

History

Initially named Wicaco, Southwark is the oldest settlement in Philadelphia. King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden granted a charter for settlement in 1638, and Swedish settlers were already established before William Penn's arrival. The Southwark district was created in 1762, named after a neighborhood in London. In the 1960's, the district became known as Queen Village.

The original Southwark Library was a Carnegie Building located at 5th and Ellsworth on land donated by the Young Man's Institute. It opened on November 15, 1912.

The Library opened in its current location on November 1, 1963. It was renovated in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and ensured Internet access.

The library was re-named on March 26, 2004 to honor Charles Santore. A South Philadelphia native born in 1910, Santore was a former boxer, Republican ward leader, and founder of Municipal Employees Union Local 696. At the time of his death he was the oldest active ward leader in any party.

The library is a short distance from the Italian Market on 9th Street. There is a lovely courtyard, accessible from the fiction room, which is perfect for relaxed reading.