Frankford Library

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

The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday.

Closed Today

Sunday, 6/18 Closed
Monday, 6/19 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 6/24 Closed
  • * Friday had hour changes – Staff shortage.
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 14 : 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

Science in the Summer 2017 - Science of Sports!

Tue, July 11, 2017 10:00 A.M.

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of science. Through classes held in local public libraries and…

School Age Family Programs Science in the Summer Children Science

Mr. P's Cool Tech Talk

Mon, August 14, 2017 6:00 P.M.

ome to listen to a talk about the latest technologies, inventions and innovations out there and watch an interesting video about it. This fun and short program is good for children 9 and up, teens and adults! You’ll be able to take home a picture of the tech and share it with family and…

Adult Young Adult School Age Discussion and Participation Technology

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.