David Cohen Ogontz Library

6017 Ogontz Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(Church Lane & Ogontz Ave.)
215-685-3566

Staying Healthy and Looking Cute.  Someone from LaSalle Community Nursing Center will come and discuss personal hygiene and healthy eating with our afterschool crowd. Thursday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. 

Get Hype Philly - cooking class for LEAP participants.  Thursday, March 23 & Thursday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m.  Space may be limited.

Easy Origami and Poetry is a One Book EveryYoung Child Program.  For parents and their young children.  Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings and general health advice.  Representatives from LaSalle Community Nursing Center will be on hand to help you stay healthy.  Stop by March 29, April 5, or April 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 14 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., May. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Water fountain

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Upcoming Events

Free Blood Pressure Screening + Health Advice

Wed, Mar 29, 4:00 P.M.

Stop in and get your blood pressure checked or ask questions about your health.  LaSalle Community Nursing Center will be on hand to help -…

Free Blood Pressure Screening + Health Advice

Wed, Apr 5, 4:00 P.M.

Stop in and get your blood pressure checked or ask questions about your health.  LaSalle Community Nursing Center will be on hand to help -…

Preschool Science Exploration Series

Thu, Apr 6, 10:30 A.M.

Science for the First Time on First Thursdays: Preschoolers explore basic science concepts and ideas with hands-on, interactive experiments. For…

PAWS - Read with Cooper

Mon, Apr 10, 6:30 P.M.

Cooper the Dog will be at The David Cohen Ogontz Library on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 6:30 for one-on-one reading sessions. A…

One Book Every Young Child Easy Origami and Poetry Storytime

Tue, Apr 11, 10:30 A.M.

Join your children's librarian for a special Easy Origami and Poetry storytime featuring  Daniel Finds a Poe m by Micha Archer,…

Free Blood Pressure Screening + Health Advice

Wed, Apr 19, 4:00 P.M.

Stop in and get your blood pressure checked or ask questions about your health.  LaSalle Community Nursing Center will be on hand to help -…

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About

Serving the communities of Ogontz and Belfield, this branch is located at Church Lane and Ogontz Avenue.

History

Ogontz is named after the Oak Lane mansion of Jay Cooke, a Civil War financier. As a young boy, he met Chief Ogontz in Ohio and later named his home for the Indian leader.

The community first requested a library in 1961, but due to problems with sites, funding and construction, the library was not opened until 1997. David and Florence Cohen helped get the community organized by circulating petitions and even hosting a meeting at their home. In the 1960's and 70's the area was served by a bookmobile, and various sites were considered, and even purchased, but the plans were rejected and funding was rescinded.

In 1984, the neighborhood association requested a library on the site of the former Ogontz Theatre and the library applied for library construction funds from the state. In 1994, groundbreaking was held at 6017 Ogontz Avenue, next to the site of the theatre. The library was to be a pre-engineered modular building, with carousel book shelves.

On February 10, 1997, the new library was finally opened, with a special poem written and recited by Nikki Taylor, who fondly remembered the weekly bookmobile visits and considered the new library a blessing for the entire community. The preschool area features a yellow Corvette with children's computers - to help the youngest get on the Information Superhighway.

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Public Transportation

Septa Bus Routes: 6, 55, L