Frankford Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/15 Closed
Monday, 1/16 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/18 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. 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

  • Thu., Feb. 9: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • 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
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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)

Location

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Upcoming Events

Movie of the Month

Wed, Jan 18, 5:00 P.M.

Join us for a fun, family movie.  Of course there will be popcorn!  Our host is Librarian Mr. Pagán. Today's movie is The…

Teen Third Thursdays

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

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

Fitness @ the Library

Mon, Jan 23, 5:30 P.M.

Come burn off your weekend calories with us.  Exercise to our wonderful collection of fitness instruction DVDs.  For adults and teens.…

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Tue, Jan 24, 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…

Extended Computer Time

Wed, Jan 25, 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, Jan 25, 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.

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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