Haddington Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/17 Closed
Monday, 2/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/19 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/23 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' Day
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., Feb. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Black History Month Person of the Week

Thu, Feb 21, 4:30 P.M.

A notable African-American’s accomplishments will be discussed.

Black History Month Quizzo

Thu, Feb 28, 4:30 P.M.

Join us for Black History Month Quizzo. Snacks and prizes provided!

Road Trip Workshop

Thu, Mar 7, 4:30 P.M.

Dreamers of all ages are invited to discuss where we’ve been, where we want to go, and map out future road trips in the form of a collage.

Lankenau Live Healthy Series: Choose to be Fit

Thu, Mar 14, 4:30 P.M.

Educators from Lankenau Medical Center will lead a workshop on health and wellness.

Lankenau Live Healthy Series: Sun Safety

Thu, Apr 11, 4:30 P.M.

Educators from Lankenau Medical Center will lead a workshop on health and wellness.

Lankenau Live Healthy Series: Bike Safety

Thu, May 9, 4:30 P.M.

Educators from Lankenau Medical Center will lead a workshop on health and wellness.

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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.