Charles Santore Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 10: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 8: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
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  • 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

ESL Classes-High Intermediate

Wed, Oct 26, 12:30 P.M.

This class is intended for those wishing to improve their English.  This is the first class in a series that will take place every Wednesday,…

Halloween Storytime and Parade

Thu, Oct 27, 10:30 A.M.

Dress up for this not-too-scary Halloween storytime. We will sing songs and read stories and then grab an instrument and march with us around the…

Chess Club for Children

Sat, Oct 29, 1:00 P.M.

Come join in the friendly competition.  Our chess coach, Mr. Jordan, will be on hand to teach you the basics or help you improve your game.…

ESL Conversation Group

Mon, Oct 31, 1:00 P.M.

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

Halloween Party

Mon, Oct 31, 5:00 P.M.

We’ll make crafts and read Halloween stories. Come in costume for a treat.

Baby and Toddler Storytime

Tue, Nov 1, 10:15 A.M.

Bring your little one for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. This program is intended for children 0 to 14 months and their…

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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.


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.

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Bus Routes: 40, 47, 57, 45, 64, 29