Charles Santore Library

932 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2932
7th & Carpenter Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/4 Closed
Monday, 12/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/8 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Friday, 12/9 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/10 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – due to staff development
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

  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 2 : Closed New Year's Day (Observed)
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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

Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Wed, December 7, 2022 10:15 A.M.

Welcome Back! We are returning to the library for storytime in the Children's Room! Bring your dancing shoes and your singing voices! We can't wait to see you!

Storytime for Babies

Wed, December 7, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Welcome Back! We are returning to the library for storytime in the Children's Room! Bring your dancing shoes and your singing voices! We can't wait to see you!

Chess Club

Thu, December 8, 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, December 9, 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.