Charles Santore Library

932 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2932
7th & Carpenter Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/9 Closed
Monday, 6/10 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/11 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/13 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Friday, 6/14 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 1:00 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)

Upcoming Events

PA CareerLinkĀ® Job Search Assistance

Mon, June 17, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with résumé development, career…

Knitting and Crocheting Circle

Mon, June 17, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Miss Merrily shares her knitting skills. All school age children (and parents) are welcome to try their hand at this fun and creative craft. Materials provided.      

Chair Yoga with Lindsey

Mon, June 17, 2024 5:45 P.M.

Chair Yoga is a form of yoga that uses a chair as the main prop versus a traditional mat. This makes the practice more accessible to those that have trouble putting pressure on the knees and…

Storytime in Gold Star Park

Tue, June 18, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Let's meet at Gold Star Park (613 Wharton St) for an outdoor storytime full of dancing, singing and bubbles with Ms. Lindsay! Bring your own blanket! Cancellations due to weather will be…

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.