David Cohen Ogontz Library

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

Please join us for story time.  Stories and fun for preschoolers Wednesdays at 1:30 and Thursdays at 11:30am.  Other times available by calling the librarian at (215) 685-3566. 

Come visit us on February 19th at 4:00pm for Community Flag Making day.  Call 215-685-3566 for more information! 

Open today 11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/12 Closed
Monday, 1/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, 1/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.*
Friday, 1/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/18 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development and shortage.
  • * Saturday has hour changes – Due to staffing issue
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Jan. 20 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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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
  • Scanner
  • Bicycle rack

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Upcoming Events

Community Flag Making

Wed, February 19, 2020 4:00 P.M.

Around the country there have been protests and movements to end demeaning depictions of Indigenous people, such as mascots and costumes created and used without the consent of those whom they depict. Are there ways in which your neighborhood is depicted or your identity is stereotyped? What do…

Adult Young Adult School Age Community Events Workshops and Enrichment One Book, One Philadelphia One Book Workshops - Flag Making

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.