David Cohen Ogontz Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 5/28 Closed
Monday, 5/29 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 5/30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/31 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/1 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/2 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/3 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Memorial Day
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

  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Closed staff development day
  • Thu., Jun. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Preschool Science Exploration Series

Thu, Jun 1, 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…

Pizza Party with Attic Youth Center

Mon, Jun 5, 3:30 P.M.

The Attic Youth Center will hold a discussion on the topic of how we can create safe spaces for LGBTQ students in the classroom, and at our…

Wooden Block Play

Thu, Jun 22, 10:30 A.M.

Join us to play with wooden blocks in the library. Children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers are encouraged to imagine, build, and create!…

Drag Queen Storytime!

Thu, Jun 22, 4:00 P.M.

WHat could be more fabulous than having some favorite fairytales and other stories read by an actual Queen?  A drag queen in this case.…

Crafty Tuesdays!

Tue, Jun 27, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for a summer-themed storytime and craft. Groups must call in advance to assure we have space for you.

Summer of Wonder Kick-off!

Wed, Jun 28, 1:00 P.M.

Let's celebrate the end of school and welcome in summer with a BBQ!  We'll have games and snacks.  If you sign-up for the summer…

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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.