Fox Chase Library

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

We will begin our Saturday hours on 9/22/18 from 10AM - 5PM.

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

  • Mon., Feb. 18 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
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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

Computer Basics: Files & Folders

Tue, Feb 19, 11:00 A.M.

Learn how to organize files and folders on your computer.  Space may be limited.

Blues in Hip Hop for Teens

Thu, Feb 21, 4:00 P.M.

Listen to samples of early blues, soul, and contemporary hip hop to find common threads and learn to create your own blues-inspired song.

Computer Basics: Keyboard and Mouse

Fri, Feb 22, 3:00 P.M.

An introduction to basic computing including how to operate the keyboard and mouse.

The Mystery of Amelia Earhart

Tue, Mar 26, 2:00 P.M.

Famed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared in July, 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.…

The Mystery of Amelia Earhart

Wed, Mar 27, 6:00 P.M.

Famed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared in July, 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.…

How Did Davy Die? Crockett at tha Alamo

Wed, Apr 17, 2:00 P.M.

The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. On March 6, 1837, Mexican troops under General Santa Anna de Lopez launched a…

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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.