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, 1/19 Closed
Monday, 1/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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., Feb. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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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

Writing Assistance

Wed, Jan 22, 4:00 P.M.

Want to make your resume stand out - or put the finishing touches on your college essay?  Or perhaps you could use some help writing your…

Knitting and Crocheting Circle

Wed, Jan 22, 6:00 P.M.

Join us for an informal get together for neighborhood people who knit and crochet. 

ESL Conversation Group

Wed, Jan 22, 6:30 P.M.

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

Hands On

Fri, Jan 24, 12:30 P.M.

Learn how to do some old school crafts such as finger knitting, potholder making and origami.  This program is intended for young school aged…

ESL Conversation Group - Monday Afternoon

Mon, Jan 27, 1:00 P.M.

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

ESL Conversation Group

Mon, Jan 27, 6:30 P.M.

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

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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.