Eastwick Library

2851 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153-2314
(Island Ave. & Lindbergh Blvd.)
215-685-4170

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Dec. 22: 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
  • Handicapped accessible
  • 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

Drum Circle

Wed, February 15, 2017 4:30 P.M.

An interactive program where participants learn a variety of drum and percussion instruments from around the world.  Students learn about the history and how to play in a group setting. Great for all ages!

Young Adult School Age Preschool Toddler Black History Month Family Programs African American Family Music

Bessie Coleman Airplane Craft

Mon, February 27, 2017 4:30 P.M.

Learn about and celebrate African American pilot Bessie Coleman. Make paper airplanes and popsicle stick airplanes.

School Age Preschool Arts and Crafts Programs Black History Month African American Children arts & crafts

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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 37
Subway/Surface: 36