Frankford Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

  • Thu., Nov. 10: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 8: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Wii Wednesdays

Wed, Oct 26, 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.

Preschool Storytimes with Mr. Pagán

Tue, Nov 1, 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…

Bilingual Storytime/Lectura de Cuentos Bilingüe

Wed, Nov 2, 6:00 P.M.

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

Computer Basics with Tara

Fri, Nov 4, 10:00 A.M.

Brush up on your computer skills and get help from our Digital Resources Specialist.  Space may be limited.  This week's topic is…

Friday Movie Series

Fri, Nov 4, 3:15 P.M.

On the first Friday of every month, join us for a fun, family movie.  Of course, there will be popcorn.  Our host is librarian Mr.…

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

Sat, Nov 5, 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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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.


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