Frankford Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/19 Closed
Monday, 2/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/22 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 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 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

  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 9: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 13: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
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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

Preschool Storytimes with Mr. Pagán

Tue, Feb 21, 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…

Extended Computer Time

Wed, Feb 22, 12:00 P.M.

Use our brand new laptops for extended-time use.  Space may be limited.  This service will be available from noon until 2:00 p.m.

Wii Wednesdays

Wed, Feb 22, 4:30 P.M.

Come play your favorite Wii games with Mr. Vince on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  For teens and school-aged kids.

Bilingual Storytime/Lectura de Cuentos Bilingüe

Wed, Feb 22, 6:00 P.M.

Spanish/English storytime. For children and their parents.  Stories read by Librarian Mr.Pagán. Para niños y sus padres. Leido…

FAFSA Form Help

Fri, Feb 24, 12:00 P.M.

Attention students... parents... and guardians!  Stop by the library to start, or complete your online FAFSA form.  We are dedicating…

Mr. Pagan's Reading Club for Boys (PRCB)

Sat, Feb 25, 2:00 P.M.

Come listen to, and talk about fun, interesting, exciting, or scary books that are geared towards Boys.  Afterwards, we'll do a fun…

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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