Haddington Library

446 North 65th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19151-4003
(65th Street & Girard Avenue)
215-685-1970

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 6/16 Closed
Monday, 6/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, 6/18 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/22 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Jun. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Summer of Wonder Storytime

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30 A.M.

Listen to a story with Ms. Jessica and sign up for the Summer Reading Game.

Coding for Kids

Wed, Jun 26, 2:00 P.M.

Children between the ages of 11 and 15 are invited to this fun program where you will learn how to code. Please contact Ms. Kiki to sign up!…

Summer of Wonder Café for Children and Teens

Thu, Jun 27, 4:15 P.M.

Games, activities, prizes, fun!

Welcome America - Citywide Reading Event

Mon, Jul 1, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for an entertaining, kid-friendly afternoon filled with fun activities from Minizines, a workshop that furthers the goals of…

Coding for Kids

Wed, Jul 3, 2:00 P.M.

Children between the ages of 11 and 15 are invited to this fun program where you will learn how to code. Please contact Ms. Kiki to sign up!…

Summer of Wonder Storytime

Mon, Jul 8, 10:30 A.M.

Listen to a story with Ms. Jessica and sign up for the Summer Reading Game.

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About

Located at the top of a hill, the library serves the communities of Haddington-Carroll Park and Overbrook-Morris Park. You can climb the front steps to the stately main entrance of the building or use the elevator located inside the side entrance on Girard Avenue.

History

First appearing on an 1816 map of Philadelphia, Haddington was named for the country town of Haddingtonshire in England. The village of Haddington, centered around 62nd Street above Arch Street, consisted of a dozen houses and a coach stop inn called the Whitesides.

By 1865, passengers could take the West Philadelphia Passenger Railway, which traveled out down Haverford Avenue to 54th Street, then south to Vine Street, then west to 66th Street before returning to the depot. With the opening of the Market Elevated line in 1907, small shopping districts developed along Market Street. The shopping district around the 60th Street El stop, bounded by Market and Chestnut Streets, and by 60th and 61st Streets, was later designated as the Haddington Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Haddington Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened on December 3, 1915. Albert Kelsey, an architect who chaired the committee to develop the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, designed the building. Haddington was the 18th library building erected using funds from Andrew Carnegie. Land for the library was donated by Alex Simpson, Jr.

The Old Academy Bell, which was a school bell at the "Yellow School House," a block away from the library, still sits in the main reading room. A mural inside the branch reimagines the outside courtyard and depicts neighborhood children at play.

The library was renovated in 2001 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch. With their Free Library cards, members of the public can use the Library's public computers or connect to the internet with their own devices using the Library's free WiFi service.