Fumo Family Library

2437 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-3508
Porter & Broad St.
Open today 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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

  • 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
  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
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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

Kids Chess Club

Thu, February 2, 2023 3:30 P.M.

Learn how to play chess or practice your skills. Join us for a friendly game every Thursday after school. All experience levels are welcome!          

Chair Yoga

Fri, February 3, 2023 3:00 P.M.

Chair Yoga is a twist on traditional yoga making it accessible for all ages and abilities. The program will be taught by Kate Howell, a certified yoga teacher with over 12 years of experience…

Lego Free Build

Mon, February 6, 2023 3:30 P.M.

Unleash your imagination with our weekly Lego free build. Create whatever new worlds and marvelous wonders come to mind with these colorful bricks. Materials will be provided.

Free At-Home COVID Test Distribution

Wed, February 8, 2023 2:00 P.M.

Pick up FREE at-home COVID tests from the Department of Public Health at Fumo Library. No insurance or ID is required. Please call 215-685-5488 or…

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.