Fishtown Community Library

1217 East Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125-3445
(Montgomery Ave. & Flora St.)
215-685-9990

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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Dec. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Dec. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Photo of Fishtown Community Library

Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Book drop box
  • Change machine
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Construction Club

Tue, Jan 16, 4:00 P.M.

Build with Legos, connectors, blocks and more! This program will take place in the meeting room on the library's 3rd floor level and we regret…

Make Some Noise! A Sing-Along for Toddlers

Tue, Jan 23, 10:30 A.M.

Music plays a big role for the children in Jacqueline Woodson’s books. Sing classic children’s songs and add your own twist with…

Construction Club

Tue, Jan 23, 4:00 P.M.

Build with Legos, connectors, blocks and more! This program will take place in the meeting room on the library's 3rd floor level and we regret…

Construction Club

Tue, Jan 30, 4:00 P.M.

Build with Legos, connectors, blocks and more! This program will take place in the meeting room on the library's 3rd floor level and we regret…

Construction Club

Tue, Feb 6, 4:00 P.M.

Build with Legos, connectors, blocks and more! This program will take place in the meeting room on the library's 3rd floor level and we regret…

Magic by Ed Show

Wed, Feb 7, 4:00 P.M.

This interactive magic show is high-energy and includes music and live animals. Meet and greet the animals after the show!

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About

Located in a former stable and fire station, the Fishtown Community Branch serves Fishtown and New Kensington.

History

The history of Fishtown begins with the Lenape Native Americans, who called the area Shackamaxon. In the early 1600's, Swedes, German, Dutch and English settled on scattered plots of land, and on April 23, 1683, William Penn negotiated a land exchange to acquire Shackamaxon.

In the early 1700s, English businessman Anthony Palmer purchased a large tract of land that he named Kensington after a suburb of London. This was combined with Shackamaxon. The Consolidation Act of 1854 brought the area into the present city limits. Legend has it that Charles Dickens named the area Fishtown after seeing the fish sold in the open air farmer's market on Girard Avenue.

Open for business in 1947, the original Community Branch Library was located at 615 Girard Avenue. However, the building was soon torn down so that a police station could be built.

The library opened at its current location at East Montgomery Avenue and Flora Street on March 31, 1950. This building was built in 1895 as a stable, and was later used as a fire station for horse-drawn wagons. It was donated to the library by the city through the efforts of the Men's Organization of the Community League of Kensington, hence the initial name, Community Branch.

Reflecting neighborhood pride, the name was changed to Fishtown Community Branch in 1982. The library was renovated extensively in 1989, with the addition of a balcony, meeting room and elevator. Further renovations were completed in 1997 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet access to every library.