Charles Santore Library

932 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2932
7th & Carpenter Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10/2 Closed
Monday, 10/3 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *
Tuesday, 10/4 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 10/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *
Thursday, 10/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/7 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 10/8 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to heating issue. Materials pick up services offered 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. today.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to heating issues. Materials pick up services offered 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. today.
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Due to heating issues.
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Indigenous People Day
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Oct. 7 : Closing at 1:00 PM preparation for the Indigenous People Day
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Thu., Oct. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Nov. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Water fountain

Upcoming Events

Toddlers and Preschoolers Storytime at Gold Star Park - CANCELLED

Wed, October 5, 2022 10:00 A.M.

We're moving to Gold Star Park! Bring your little ones for singing, dancing and monkeys jumping on the bed! Cancellations will be announced on Charles Santore Library Facebook .

Baby Storytime at Gold Star Park - CANCELLED

Wed, October 5, 2022 11:00 A.M.

We're moving to Gold Star Park! Bring your little ones for singing, dancing and monkeys jumping on the bed! Cancellations will be announced on Charles Santore Library Facebook .

Chess Club

Thu, October 6, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Learn to play chess, or learn to play better chess! This program is intended for school age children and teens, grades 2-12.        

Library Playgroup

Fri, October 7, 2022 10:00 A.M.

This is a free, child-focused playgroup for young children and their caregivers that will take place in the library meeting room. Groups please call to set up a separate appointment.

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.