Fox Chase Library

501 Rhawn Street
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2504
(Rhawn & Jeanes Sts.)
215-685-0547

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 6/16 Closed
Monday, 6/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 6/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/22 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

LEGO Club

Fri, Jun 21, 3:00 P.M.

Calling all LEGO Builders!  Love to build?  Can’t keep your hands out of a tub of LEGOs?  We’ll provide the bricks, you…

Open Chess Play

Mon, Jun 24, 5:00 P.M.

We have the boards and pieces, now we need you to play! Chess boards will be put out on Mondays at 5PM. All ages and levels welcome. Children 7…

Wooden Block Party

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00 A.M.

Join us to play with wooden blocks in the library. Children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers are encouraged to imagine, build, and create!…

Family Movie

Tue, Jun 25, 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a family friendly movie!  Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Adult Summer Reading: Murder Mystery

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00 P.M.

It’s Murder at the Library!!  Join us as Mr. Malcolm takes us through an early evening of murder and mystery.  Enjoy snacks…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Jun 27, 10:00 A.M.

. All preschool aged children are welcome to attend the Fox Chase Library story time Thursday mornings at 10:00, except for the third Thursday of…

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History

The Fox Chase area was originally settled by Swedes who sailed up the Pennypack Creek around 1645 and built a blockhouse as protection against the Lenni Lenape Indians. English colonists later took over the settlement and the blockhouse, which became part of a large country residence named the Ury House. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and John James Audubon were entertained there.

Fox Chase Hotel, built in the 18th century, was a favorite gathering place for fox hunters. By the 19th century, the area was full of farms and summer estates, becoming a part of Philadelphia in 1854.

In October 1951, volunteers and members of the Fox Chase Civic League renovated the first floor of an old school building at Rhawn and Jeanes streets for a library. However, by the mid-60's, the library had outgrown the old building. Half the books were stored away and there was only enough room for a few tables and chairs.

The Friends of the Fox Chase Library worked hard to get a new library put in the city's capital budget. In 1967, the old school was torn down and a trailer provided temporary library service. All the effort paid off on August 26, 1968 when the new library opened. The branch was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branch libraries and brought Internet access to every library.

When you visit the library, take a look at the garden. You'll find "The Three Bears," a stone sculpture by artist and author George Papashvily.