Fox Chase Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/19 Closed
Monday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' Day
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. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 16: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 20: 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

Where to Find Free (and Legal) Software

Mon, Feb 27, 6:30 P.M.

Find out where to safely download free software online.  It is recommended that attendees have some basic computer skills, but not required.…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Mar 2, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun!  Ideal for preschool aged children.

E-Mail Workshop

Fri, Mar 3, 3:00 P.M.

Learn how to sign-up for, and use a free e-mail account.  It is recommended that attendees have some basic computer skills, but not required.…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Mar 9, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun!  Ideal for preschool aged children.

Searching with Google

Fri, Mar 17, 3:00 P.M.

We'll teach you some tips and tricks for searching the Internet using the powerful search tool Google. It is recommended that attendees have…

Family Storytime

Sat, Mar 18, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun!  Ideal for preschool aged children and their families.

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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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 18, 24, 28, 67 (several blocks east at Verree Road)
Commuter Trains: R8 - Fox Chase Line