Frankford Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

4634 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124-5804
Frankford Ave. & Overington St.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Monday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 5/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
Thursday, 5/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Sunday had hour changes – This library is a Cooling Center today.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Memorial Day holiday
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
View all holiday closings

Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Books in braille
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Frankford Friday Storytime

Fri, May 27, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join Miss Rebecca for Frankford Friday Storytime at 3pm! Children 0-8 invited with their Family.  Share in the Family fun every Friday at Frankford with stories, movement and songsJ

Sew What? Virtual Stitch Meetup for Adults

Wed, June 1, 2022 7:00 P.M.

Want to share what you're making with other crafters from the comfort of your own home? Sign up to participate in our new weekly meetup! All forms of "stitching" are welcome…

Frankford Friday Storytime

Fri, June 3, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join Miss Rebecca for Frankford Friday Storytime at 3pm! Children 0-8 invited with their Family.  Share in the Family fun every Friday at Frankford with stories, movement and songsJ

Getting to Know Me: Ayesha

Fri, June 3, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Ayesha is a fictional character who is Muslim. She was born and raised in West Philadelphia, and has selected a number of objects that reflect her life, culture and…

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.

*Frankford Neighborhood Library is moving forward on renovation plans. We would like to hear from YOU on wants and needs for the future of Frankford Branch. Please fill out the survey below. Your input is crucial in the process!
https://forms.gle/TNdMTMroM3CVNow17.*

 

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.