Fishtown Community Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Tuesday, April 12 – Message from Staff

 

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1217 East Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125-3445
Montgomery Ave. & Flora St.
By Appointment Today
Sunday, 7/3 Closed
Monday, 7/4 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 7/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Wednesday, 7/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Friday, 7/8 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7/9 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Independence Day
  • * Tuesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 10am - 6pm today.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – due to staff development
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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., Jul. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 4 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Sep. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Water fountain

Upcoming Events

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Fri, July 8, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join us for our Read, Baby, Read story time outside across the street at the Fishtown Recreation Center! Geared for ages 0-2, but older are welcome.  Event informaiton can also be found on…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Fri, July 15, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join us for our Read, Baby, Read story time outside across the street at the Fishtown Recreation Center! Geared for ages 0-2, but older are welcome.  Event informaiton can also be found on…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Fri, July 22, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join us for our Read, Baby, Read story time outside across the street at the Fishtown Recreation Center! Geared for ages 0-2, but older are welcome.  Event informaiton can also be found on…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Fri, July 22, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join us for our Read, Baby, Read story time outside across the street at the Fishtown Recreation Center! Geared for ages 0-2, but older are welcome.  Event informaiton can also be found on…

About

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

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.