Haverford Library

5543 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19139-1432
(56th St. & Haverford Ave.)
215-685-1964

Open today until 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/21 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Wed., Apr. 18 : Closed Professional Development Staff Meeting
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Photo of Haverford Library

Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Dance to the Music

Wed, Feb 21, 5:00 P.M.

Try your hand—or rather—feet, at some dance steps of the 1960s and ‘70s, and see their influence on how you and your friends…

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

Mon, Feb 26, 5:00 P.M.

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

Black History Month Challenge

Wed, Feb 28, 12:00 P.M.

Participants will use their visual skills and historical knowledge to identify images of famous African American individuals from Philadelphia.…

Building Bridges with Books Family Night!

Wed, Feb 28, 4:00 P.M.

Families  of K-3rd grade students from Commodore John Barry Elementary are invited to join us at Haverford Library for literacy games, free…

Senior Book Club, Another Brooklyn

Tue, Mar 20, 6:00 P.M.

Join us to discuss Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson.  

About

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.

History

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.