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. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/16 Closed
Monday, 9/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 9/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Sep. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 15 : 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

Internet Basics

Fri, Sep 21, 3:00 P.M.

Learn how to effectively and safely search the Internet.  Some basic computer skills are helpful.  Space is limited.

Who Was Jack The Ripper?

Mon, Sep 24, 6:00 P.M.

It has been 130 years since the unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper struck in the impoverished Whitechapel district of London.…

Who Was Jack The Ripper?

Tue, Sep 25, 2:00 P.M.

It has been 130 years since the unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper struck in the impoverished Whitechapel district of London.…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Sep 27, 10:00 A.M.

. All preschool aged children are welcome to attend the Fox Chase Library story time Thursday mornings at 10:00, except for the third Thursday of…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Oct 4, 10:00 A.M.

. All preschool aged children are welcome to attend the Fox Chase Library story time Thursday mornings at 10:00, except for the third Thursday of…

Saturday Crafternoons

Sat, Oct 6, 2:00 P.M.

Calling crafters of all experience levels: come craft with us at the library! Join us for some basic instruction, idea sharing, coordinated…

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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.