Haverford Library

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

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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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Jun. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
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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

Game Day

Mon, Jun 25, 4:00 P.M.

Get your game on! Bring a friend or make a new one when you play board games and card games at the library. Parents are encouraged to join in the…

Get Crafty

Tue, Jun 26, 2:00 P.M.

Children 12 and under can make a new craft each week to take home with them. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Matinee Movie

Wed, Jun 27, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a family friendly movie (G/PG) and enjoy a complimentary snack!

Garden Workshop | Grow Vegetables

Wed, Jun 27, 5:30 P.M.

Learn which fruits and vegetables do best in containers, and learn how to grow your own veggies. Participants will get a free plant to take home.…

Game Day

Mon, Jul 2, 4:00 P.M.

Get your game on! Bring a friend or make a new one when you play board games and card games at the library. Parents are encouraged to join in the…

Get Crafty

Tue, Jul 3, 2:00 P.M.

Children 12 and under can make a new craft each week to take home with them. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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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.