Fox Chase Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/19 Closed
Monday, 1/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 12 : Closed Easter
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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

Book Discussion: There There

Mon, February 10, 2020 6:30 P.M.

Join a free public discussion of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, There There by Tommy Orange . Limited copies of the novel will be available on-site for participants to take home. Reading the book prior to the discussion is not required.   

Adult Community Events Discussion and Participation One Book, One Philadelphia One Book, One Philadelphia

215 Drumming Community

Mon, February 24, 2020 6:15 P.M.

“He’d have the whole world on a drum if he could" ( There There ). All ages are invited to learn or brush up on the basic techniques of playing percussion instruments in a group setting. We'll learn the histories and purposes of a variety of drum and percussion instruments…

Adult Young Adult Community Events Workshops and Enrichment One Book, One Philadelphia One Book Workshops - Drumming Circles

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.