Fox Chase Library

501 Rhawn Street
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2504
Rhawn & Jeanes Sts.
Closed Today
Sunday, 5/19 Closed
Monday, 5/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 5/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Memorial Day holiday
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., May. 24 : Closing at 1:00 PM preparation for the Memorial Day holiday
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jun. 20 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • 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
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Knot Your Grandma's Crafts

Mon, May 20, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Join us every Monday from 3:30 pm - 5 pm for open space to work on projects and learn some new craft skills. Drop in for all ages.

One Book, One Philadelphia: True Biz Discussion

Mon, May 20, 2024 5:30 P.M.

Join the Fox Chase Library for a discussion of the One Book, One Philadelphia selection.  True Biz  is a fast-moving novel following students of the fictional…

Sensory Storytime

Tue, May 21, 2024 5:30 P.M.

Join us for Sensory Storytime. Please feel free to bring your own fidget or other sensory toy. Geared for ages 3 - 10, but others are welcome. Not the first Tuesday of the month (join us for our…

Read Baby Read Storytime

Wed, May 22, 2024 10:30 A.M.

“Read, Baby, Read” on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces. This program is intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Siblings…

About

We are now open Monday and Tuesday 11 am - 7 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Please check our social media for updates and program information!

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.