Haddington Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/21 Closed
Monday, 1/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/23 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
Friday, 1/26 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/27 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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., Jan. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

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

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Upcoming Events

Black History Month Quiz Game

Thu, Feb 8, 4:30 P.M.

As part of our LEAP After School Program, children and teens will have the opportunity to answer questions about Black History.

Octavius V. Catto: A Legacy for the 21st Century

Thu, Feb 15, 4:30 P.M.

Interactive workshop for the whole family featuring hands-on activities, examination of primary sources, and a screening of History Making…

Philly Then and Now

Thu, Feb 22, 4:30 P.M.

What did Philadelphia look like in your parent’s generation? What about their parents? And how has the city changed? Explore Philadelphia…

I, Too, Sing American – African American Writers Then & Now

Thu, Feb 22, 4:40 P.M.

Our LEAP After School Leader will introduce children and teens to African American writers and poets of the past and present, with a discussion of…

State Representative Morgan Cephas Mobile Office Hours

Thu, Apr 19, 11:00 A.M.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN CEPHAS is bringing State services to YOU! Staff will be on hand to assist with any state-related issues or programs…

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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, 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 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 recreates 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.