David Cohen Ogontz Library

6017 Ogontz Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Church Lane & Ogontz Ave.
Open today 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People 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
  • Scanner
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

A Taste of African Heritage

Wed, August 17, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Let's chat and learn about nutrition, and taste traditional African dishes together!  This program is presented by African Heritage and Health:  An Oldways Program from Einstein and Jefferson's A Better Start F.U.N. program. We will meet Wednesdays from July 13 through August…

Furry Friends Storytime

Wed, August 24, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Join us for an interactive storytime featuring our favorite animals!  This program is best for young ones ages 3 - 6 along with an adult caregiver.  We'll have a fun activity too.

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by a bookmobile, and various sites were considered, and even purchased, but the plans were rejected and funding was rescinded.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.