Haverford Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, December 14 – Message from Staff

The health and safety of our staff and customers is our utmost priority. In the interest of limiting the impact and spread of COVID-19, all Free Library buildings are currently closed to the public. While our buildings remain closed, our library is offering contactless materials pickup and returns. In addition, across the FLP system, programs are proceeding virtually and our award-winning digital resources are available 24/7. Learn more here: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/about/coronavirus

 Please knock on the door to pick up your items. Our phones are still not working, please call 1-833-TALK FLP (825-5357) if needed. 

Thank You for your continued support during this time.

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

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Feb. 15 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 2 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 4 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

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

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.