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, 4/5 Closed
Monday, 4/6 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/8 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/9 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 4/10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed
Saturday, 4/11 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
  • * Friday has hour changes – Good Friday
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Apr. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 12 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 25 : Closed Memorial Day
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Photo of Frankford Library

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

CANCELLED - Healthy Foods are Tasty!

Wed, April 8, 2020 4:00 P.M.

 “Healthy Foods are Tasty!” program, the 2nd Weds of the month at 4pm. For children ages 8 and up, caregivers welcome. Learn about nutrition and healthy food from a registered dietician. Create a healthy snack!

School Age Health Programs Other Great Programs Children

Zombie Preparedness

Thu, May 14, 2020 4:00 P.M.

Ages 8-15. Participants who attend all five sessions will create and keep their own Emergency Preparedness Kit. This program is normally scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Young Adult School Age Other Great Programs Science Fiction Fantasy

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.