Fox Chase Library

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

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/13 Closed
Monday, 10/14 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 10/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/16 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 10/18 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/19 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Columbus Day
  • * Thursday had 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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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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

Salem Witch Trials

Wed, Oct 30, 6:00 P.M.

 Salem Witch Trials  - Librarian Emeritus Steve Wright will present a historical lecture on the events surrounding the Salem Witch…

Salem Witch Trials

Thu, Oct 31, 2:00 P.M.

 Salem Witch Trials  - Librarian Emeritus Steve Wright will present a historical lecture on the events surrounding the Salem Witch…

Read to a Therapy Dog

Sat, Nov 2, 2:00 P.M.

Read to a Therapy Dog. Bring your summer reading to the Library, and read to Honey, a registered Therapy dog. Call 215-685-0547 to sign up.…

Female Spies of WWII

Wed, Nov 13, 6:00 P.M.

Female Spies of World War II, presented by The Ladies of History Historical Productions. Come experience history being brought to life in an…

Theories on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Fri, Nov 22, 2:00 P.M.

Presented by Retired Librarian Steven J. Wright Friday, November 22, 2019 marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of the assassination of President John…

Pottery Works Mobile

Wed, Dec 4, 6:00 P.M.

Pottery Works Mobile             Audience: Adult Come create at the library with…

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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.