David Cohen Ogontz Library

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

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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

  • Thu., Dec. 15: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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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)

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Upcoming Events

Read with Cooper the Reading Therapy Dog: A PAWS Program

Mon, Dec 12, 6:30 P.M.

Cooper the Dog will be at The David Cohen Ogontz Library on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month for one-on-one reading…

Family Time Preschool Story Time!

Tue, Dec 13, 10:30 A.M.

For 3-5 year olds and their families and caregivers. Join in listening, looking, singing, and enjoying picture books, songs, and stories from the…

Family Time Preschool Story Time!

Tue, Dec 20, 10:30 A.M.

For 3-5 year olds and their families and caregivers. Join in listening, looking, singing, and enjoying picture books, songs, and stories from the…

PJ Storytime: Celebrate the Season

Wed, Dec 21, 6:00 P.M.

Celebrate the season with David Cohen Ogontz Library! Come listen to some of your favorite holiday stories such as Polar Express and other Holiday…

Family Time Preschool Story Time!

Tue, Dec 27, 10:30 A.M.

For 3-5 year olds and their families and caregivers. Join in listening, looking, singing, and enjoying picture books, songs, and stories from the…

Family Time Preschool Story Time!

Tue, Jan 3, 10:30 A.M.

For 3-5 year olds and their families and caregivers. Join in listening, looking, singing, and enjoying picture books, songs, and stories from the…

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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.

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Public Transportation

Septa Bus Routes: 6, 55, L