David Cohen Ogontz Library

Tuesday, March 9 – Message from Staff

Do you know that the David Cohen Ogontz Library has a book club? Please check us out here:

https://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-Book-Club-Meetup-Group/

Friday, October 30 – Message from Staff

While we are not open to the public yet, We can still help you!  

We are offering Materials Pickup Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 - 12  and 1:00-4:00pm, by appointment only. Give us a call at 215-685-3566 to schedule your pickup. 

Our book drop is open 24/7 and staff are available to answer questions by phone M - F 10-4.  Call us at 215-685-3566.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

6017 Ogontz Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Church Lane & Ogontz Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving 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

Storytime and Giveaways

Wed, August 4, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a storytime, outside, with Mr. Tom. During this time we will have some giveaways including books, snack cups and water bottles.  You can also sign up for our summer…

Storytime and Giveaways

Wed, August 11, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a storytime, outside, with Mr. Tom. During this time we will have some giveaways including books, snack cups and water bottles.  You can also sign up for our summer…

Storytime and Giveaways

Wed, August 18, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a storytime, outside, with Mr. Tom. During this time we will have some giveaways including books, snack cups and water bottles.  You can also sign up for our summer…

Storytime and Giveaways

Wed, August 25, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a storytime, outside, with Mr. Tom. During this time we will have some giveaways including books, snack cups and water bottles.  You can also sign up for our summer…

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.