Frankford Library

4634 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124-5804
(Frankford Ave. & Overington St.)
215-685-1473

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12/8 Closed
Monday, 12/9 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/10 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/11 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 12/13 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/14 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 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

  • Tue., Dec. 24 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Dec. 31 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Thu., Jan. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Morning Cartoon Storytime and Movie with Morris Monster

Sat, Dec 14, 11:00 A.M.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Storytime and Movie with Morris Monster Ages 3-6 (older and younger siblings are welcome). Enjoy silly stories and cereal…

Fitness @ the Library

Mon, Dec 16, 5:30 P.M.

FRK Fitness Get fit and have fun with Frankford Staff. Adults and teens welcome. Every 3rd  Monday. 5:30p-6:30p  

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Dec 17, 11:00 A.M.

 Join us for some fun stories!  Children ages 3 to 5 and their adult caregiver. Groups must call to register.

E-Gadget Helpdesk

Tue, Dec 17, 12:00 P.M.

Do you have a tablet, smartphone, or other device but are unsure how to use it? Come in on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at noon! Please make sure…

Pajama Storytime

Wed, Dec 18, 6:00 P.M.

PJ Storytime Ages 3-6 (older and younger siblings are welcome) Bring your stuffed animals or blanket and listen to a book before bed…

Teen Third Thursdays

Thu, Dec 19, 4:30 P.M.

Come have fun doing various activities and games. Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:30pm. Teens Only

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About

Located near the Margaret-Orthodox Station of the Frankford EL, the Frankford Branch serves the communities of Frankford, Northwood, Bridesburg, and part of Juniata Park.

History

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Frankford was originally settled by Swedes in 1638, although a Native American village appeared on a map from 1655. Frankford was named for a group of German Pietists, similar to the Quakers, who came from Frankurt, Germany.

The area includes Frankford Avenue, the first legally laid out country road in the Province of Pennsylvania. Initially called the King's Highway, it was traveled by Lafayette and many of the delegates to the Continental Congress. Frankford was part of Oxford Township until 1800, when it withdrew and incorporated as a borough.

The Frankford library began in 1823, when the Library and Reading Room Association was founded. In 1857, the Oxford Library gave its books to the Library and Reading Room after space was provided in the Wright's Industrial and Beneficial Institute Building.

During the Civil War, the Library Room was used as a hospital, and in 1900, the library became part of the Free Library. By 1906, a new Carnegie-funded library was opened at Frankford Avenue and Overington Street near the site where the first horse-drawn trolleys were built.

The current library has undergone two major renovations. In 1959, the library was remodeled inside and out, replacing the neo-classic building with a modern structure of steel and glass. Finally, in 1997 the library was renovated as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet access to every library.