Haverford Library

Wednesday, February 3 – Message from Staff

Haverford we will be open for limited in-person services. Our computers will be available, on a limited basis, for any card holder. We will be practicing physical distancing, which will both limit the number of people that will be able to use the computers and the length of time.
At this time, we will not be able to offer one-on-one computer help, or browsing of the collection.
Computers can be used from 1:00 - 4:00, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
We are still available for limited-contact Materials Pick-up, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, from 10:00 - noon.
Our drop-box will stay open 24/7.

5543 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19139-1432
56th St. & Haverford Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday Closed
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

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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  • Book drop box
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Bicycle rack
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner

Upcoming Events

Will Grammy Remember Me?

Thu, April 29, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a family friendly program presented by local author, J Elizabeth, and educators from The Penn Memory Center. Learn about Alzheimer's disease and Dementia through interactive activities, discussion, and read alouds. Participants will receive a packet of interactive materials.…


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.