Haverford Library

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

Open today until 8:00 p.m.

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

  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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Photo of Haverford Library


  • 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


Thu, Jul 19, 11:00 A.M.

Children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers can join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement!

Game Day

Mon, Jul 23, 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 24, 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, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

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

Fun with Food!

Wed, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

Expand your culinary knowledge through hands on experience and then eat the results! Open to kids 12 and younger. Children under 7 must be…


Thu, Jul 26, 11:00 A.M.

Children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers can join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement!

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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.