Frankford Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12/4 Closed
Monday, 12/5 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/7 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/8 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 12/9 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Fri., Dec. 30: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year's Day holiday
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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

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Tue, Dec 13, 10:30 A.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open…

Teen Third Thursdays

Thu, Dec 15, 4:30 P.M.

Crafts, games and fun for Teens Only .  Snacks will be provided.

Frankford Library Minecraft Club

Sat, Dec 17, 2:00 P.M.

Come build and play Minecraft with other kids, ages 8 to 14.  Your host will be librarian, Mr. Pagán.  We'll be playing in peaceful…

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Tue, Dec 20, 10:30 A.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open…

Preschool Storytimes with Mr. Pagán

Tue, Dec 20, 11:00 A.M.

Come listen to stories, perform finger-plays, and sing songs with children’s librarian Mr. Pagán.  Children must be accompanied by an…

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Tue, Dec 27, 10:30 A.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open…

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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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 3, 5, 59, 75, 89, J, K
Subway/Surface: Market/Frankford El; Margaret-Orthodox stop