Fumo Family Library

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

2437 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-3508
Porter & Broad St.
Open today 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Monday, 5/23 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/24 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/25 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/26 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/27 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Sunday had hour changes – This library is a Cooling Center today.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.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

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Change machine
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Storytime in the park!

Wed, May 25, 2022 10:00 A.M.

West side of Broad, the slope next to the stairs SE of the playground. Bring a towel or blanket to sit on! All programs are subject to change.

Walk n' Talk Sierra Book Club at FDR Park

Mon, June 6, 2022 6:00 P.M.

Join us for Sierra Club’s monthly Book Club Series! We will read an environmental/nature-focused book each month, then join together monthly to discuss reflections, socialize, and explore…

Let’s Talk: Philly D.A. | Opioid epidemic and neighborhood violence

Tue, June 14, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Join your neighbors to watch and discuss with experts and community leaders the crucial sixth episode of the award winning Philly D.A. docu-series. Opioid addiction affects over 1…

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Virtual)

Thu, June 16, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Do you have a chronic health condition or care for someone who does? Join this evidence-based six week workshop and learn how to self-manage your condition and symptoms! Workshops are now virtual.…

About

Now located in a bright yellow building on South Broad Street next to South Philadelphia Charter School for Performing Arts the branch was formerly known as the Ritner Children's Branch. The new building opened in 1999, with a new name!

History

The area surrounding the Fumo Family Branch was composed of small farms and marshlands until the mid-1800's. The site of the branch was a farm owned by the same Swedish family for more than 200 years.

Broad Street was named by William Penn. The area below Morris Street was called "the Neck," and Broad Street was the spine of the Neck. Ritner Street was named for Joseph Ritner, the son of a German immigrant who went on to become the governor of Pennsylvania. Most of the streets in South Philadelphia streets south of Mifflin are named for governors who served from 1700 to 1919.

The Fumo Family Branch has had three names during its history. In its first incarnation, a brick Carnegie library was opened at Broad and Ritner on November 24, 1914 as the South Philadelphia Branch. This building was closed when the new South Philadelphia Branch was built at Broad and Morris Streets. However, neighborhood residents demanded that the old library be reopened, at least for children. As a result, the Ritner Children's Library was created, the only library exclusively for children.

On September 3, 1999, the current Fumo Family Branch opened in a new building attached to the Samuel S. Fels Community Center. City Council voted to name the new library after the Fumo Family of South Philadelphia.

A mural by Marie Garafano called "Waiting for the Train" is above the circulation desk. You can also see a bear driving the Broad Street Subway in another mural.