Charles Santore Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 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

Genealogy Club

Thu, Nov 21, 11:00 A.M.

This is a friendly, informal monthly gathering of genealogy enthusiasts.   All levels are welcome.  Come on in and learn about…

Cuentos Infantiles en Español/ Children’s Storytime in Spanish

Fri, Nov 22, 11:00 A.M.

Bring the whole family to the library to share stories, rhymes and songs. The program is intended for preschool children. ----- Se invita a toda…

Knitting With Miss Merrily

Fri, Nov 22, 12:30 P.M.

Miss Merrily shares her knitting expertise after school on Fridays. All school age children (and parents) are welcome to try their hand at this…

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Fri, Nov 22, 3:00 P.M.

Learn about different artists and experiment with their style of artwork for yourself. Miss Becca will show different work by an artist and allow…

ELL Conversation Group - Monday Afternoon

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

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

Writing Assistance

Mon, Nov 25, 3:00 P.M.

Do you want to make your resume stand out, or put the finishing touches on college essay?   Or, maybe you need help filling out…

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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 children's room, which is perfect for relaxed reading.