David Cohen Ogontz Library

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

Open today until 8:00 p.m.

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

  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas 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

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Upcoming Events

Meet Author/Illustrator Eric Velasquez

Tue, Oct 24, 11:30 A.M.

Join us for a very special event with picture book author and illustrator Eric Velasquez as he shares his stories and creative process. Eric…

Computer Basics Class

Thu, Oct 26, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for a two-hour, hands on computer class.  This class will help you: gain a working knowledge of computer terminology  give you…

Read with Cooper!

Mon, Oct 30, 6:30 P.M.

Sit with therapy dog Cooper and read him a story! He especially loves stories with dogs in them.  Children can improve their reading and…

Read with Cooper!

Mon, Nov 13, 6:30 P.M.

Sit with therapy dog Cooper and read him a story! He especially loves stories with dogs in them.  Children can improve their reading and…

Cavity Busters!

Tue, Nov 14, 10:30 A.M.

Learn the importance of caring for and brushing your teeth.  Ms. Jeana and friends will be here to help you discover how healthy food habits…

Read with Cooper!

Mon, Nov 27, 6:30 P.M.

Sit with therapy dog Cooper and read him a story! He especially loves stories with dogs in them.  Children can improve their reading and…

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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.