Haddington Library

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

446 North 65th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19151-4003
65th Street & Girard Avenue
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
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Facilities

  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible

Upcoming Events

Millionaire Day Storytime

Fri, May 20, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join Ms. Sa-de via Facebook Live  for a fun storytime with the book, Cleo Edison Oliver Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier.                …

Brother’s Day Storytime with Ms. Sa-de

Tue, May 24, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join Ms. Sa-de via Facebook Live   for a fun storytime on National Brother’s Day.                   

Library Scavenger Hunt

Tue, May 24, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a fun Library Scavenger Hunt, learning how to use your neighborhood library and its services.

Cartooning with Ms. Laniyah

Wed, May 25, 2022 4:00 P.M.

This is a program being led by our LEAP Teen Leadership Assistant (TLA) Ms. Laniyah. Ms. Laniyah will discuss the work of several famous African-American cartoonists. Students are then invited to…

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.