Haddington Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, February 8 – Message from Staff

Hello Patrons- Haddington Library will be giving away Activity Kits for all- Adults, Teens, and Children, complete with fun activities and a free book.

Please call us at 215-685-1970 to request an activity kit while supplies last. Pick-up times for the kits will be offered at the same time as the Pickup for Holds service, Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10am - 3pm.

When using the items from your activity kit, we encourage you to show it off on social media with the hashtag #HADActivityKit !

Thank you for your support for the Haddington Library.


Check out more on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HaddingtonLibraryWestPhilly


Saturday, January 30 – Message from Staff

The Haddington Library Book Drop will be accessible Monday to Friday during business hours, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 Items returned will be held in a 7 day quarantine before being checked in. As we continue to be fine free, this quarantine holding period will not affect your account.


The Library Materials Pickup for Holds service is available on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday during business hours, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  

To schedule an appointment to pick up your Holds, please call us at 215-685-1970. When arriving at your scheduled time to pick up your items,  please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Approach the Girard Street side of the building and ring the doorbell to announce your arrival to staff.


Phone Reference is also available Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thank you for your continued patronage at the Haddington Library.

446 North 65th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19151-4003
65th Street & Girard Avenue

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
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Services By Appointment



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

Upcoming Events

Hey Black Child Read-Aloud

Thu, April 15, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Children and their loved ones are invited to join a read-aloud of the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 children's selection, Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins. Join us outside on the…

Virtual Poetry for Adults and Teens

Thu, April 29, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Join us on Zoom to celebrate National Poetry Month with a fun Poetry event. Limited spaces available, register by emailing Ms. Kiki at BellamyDwyerL@freelibrary.org or calling…

The Poet X Book Discussion (In Person)

Thu, May 13, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Join a read-aloud and book discussion of the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Young Adult companion selection, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Reading the book beforehand is not required…


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.


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.