Eastwick Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

2851 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153-2314
Island Ave. & Lindbergh Blvd.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
Monday, 5/23 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Wednesday, 5/25 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed *
Thursday, 5/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Friday, 5/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up service offered 10am - 6pm today.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 2 - 6pm today.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Memorial Day holiday
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

  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
  • Thu., Jun. 23 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Scanner
  • Street parking

Upcoming Events

Cooking Class: Asopao (rice soup)

Thu, June 9, 2022 4:30 P.M.

Does your family have a recipe for rice, beans, or both? This workshop includes quick cooking demos and tips, tastings, and conversations that focus on rice and beans recipes from Puerto Rico, ranging from staple and comfort foods to celebratory dishes. As we learn about these dishes and eat,…

Science in the Summer 2022 - Be a Biologist!

Thu, July 21, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Science in the Summer  is a fun, free, hands-on science education program presented by GSK in partnership with The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of science. Through classes held in local public libraries and…

About

Serving the communities of Eastwick, Elmwood, Clearview, and Penrose Park, the Eastwick branch is located near several shopping areas, the Tincum Island Road postal facility, and the Philadelphia International Airport. There is a small parking lot.

History

The Eastwick area was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians. In the mid-1620's, Dutch settlers were attracted to the region because of its strategic location for trade. The Swedes were the first Europeans to establish a permanent settlement. In 1643, Johan Printz, the third Swedish colonial governor, chose Tinicum Island, then in the Delaware River, now inland below the Philadelphia airport, as his seat of government. The area fell under English rule in 1664.

During the American Revolution, the area was the site of battles at Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River and a skirmish at the Blue Bell Inn, located at Woodland and Island Avenues. The name Eastwick derives from Andrew M. Eastwick (1810-1879), a pioneer locomotive builder, world traveler and local landowner who built his summer mansion in the area. He contracted with the czar to build the first railroad in Russia.

The Philadelphia Airport was constructed in the 1930's. In 1958, the redevelopment authority designated Eastwick as the nation’s largest urban renewal effort and plans were laid out for the present-day town. Most of the homes were constructed in the 60's and 70's.

Various sites were considered for a branch library, but the site that was chosen adjoins a shopping center. Groundbreaking took place on April 11, 1978 and the branch opened to the public on November 24, 1980. The architectural firm BJC/Knowles Architects designed the building, which is a contemporary style with a large curved main window that provides visual interest as well as maximum sunlight. The building also has an off-street parking lot for the convenience of its patrons.

Take a look in the library courtyard to see the sculpture "Greek Warrior," designed by artist Christo Capralos. The sculpture was donated to the Eastwick community by Constantinos Doxiados, the internationally known city planner who designed Eastwick as a "city within a city."

You might also notice that the preschool center is enlivened with a mural of the Philadelphia skyline depicting two rivers, a plane and train tracks. The front of a large train occupies the corner of the preschool area, with train tracks running onto the rug. The library was renovated in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.