David Cohen Ogontz Library

6017 Ogontz Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Church Lane & Ogontz Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday, 4/14 Closed
Monday, 4/15 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/16 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/18 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Friday, 4/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4/20 Closed
  • * Thursday has 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Apr. 18 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., May. 16 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Mon, April 15, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Have fun creating (and eating) yummy snacks with us.  You will be able to make these at home for your family to enjoy.  Learn about nutrition and healhty ingredients.. This program…

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Mon, April 22, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Have fun creating (and eating) yummy snacks with us.  You will be able to make these at home for your family to enjoy.  Learn about nutrition and healhty ingredients.. This program…

Bead and Go

Tue, April 30, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Build your creative skills at the library!  Join us for a beading workshop with Ms. Juanita!  All supplies will be provided.  This program is best suited for school-age children,…

It's Time to Get That Bag!

Mon, May 13, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Show off your creativity and personal style by painting your very own vibrant, artsy tote bag!  This DIY painting project is an engaging and interactive activity.  This program is for…

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.