Haverford Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Friday, October 9 – Message from Staff

There is no access inside the building at this time, but please drop off all library materials when you are ready to return them.


Our Book Drop is open 24/7.   Absolutely no donated materials, please.  Please note that the items will stay on your record for approximately one week while they go through a required quarantine period.


Contactless Holds Pickup at the Haverford Ave Street entrance will began October 14, 2020  ( (10am - noon; 2pm - 4pm - M/W/F).


Please knock on the front door to enjoy this service! Unfortunately, phone services are not available.


Please utilize the ASK a LIBRARIAN tab to email your questions. https://libwww.freelibrary.org/contact/


Thank you for your patience and patronage.

Haverford  Staff

5543 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19139-1432
56th St. & Haverford Ave.

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 26 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Services By Appointment



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


Located at the busy intersection of Haverford Avenue, 56th and Westminster Streets, the branch serves the community of Haddington-Carroll Park. The library has a lively aquarium theme in the preschool center.


The neighborhood had its beginning when John Rhoads received the land from William Penn. By 1847, the section between 65th and 67th Streets on Haverford Road appeared as "Haddington" on maps. Haverford was a main road in the area.

During the Civil War, this area was a center for training recruits for the Union Army. The Northwest Fellowship Council was founded in 1954. It was a forerunner of the Haddington Leadership Organization, which is still active today, working for the betterment of the community.

The Education Committee of the Haddington Leadership Organization led the drive to petition City Council to erect a library branch in their community. 5,000 signatures were collected and funding was placed in the 1976 city budget. Ground was broken in 1978, and the library opened on September 5, 1979.

The stained glass mural above the front door was created by artist Crosby Willet. The preschool area features an aquarium theme with lots of multicolored fish.

The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.