Holmesburg Library

7810 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-3013
(Frankford Ave. & Hartel St.)
215-685-8756

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Cognosante trained experts will be at this location on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  - by appointment only.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/15 Closed
Monday, 1/16 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • * Thursday had 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. 16: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 16: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Traveling Treasures

Mon, Jan 23, 6:30 P.M.

Traveling Treasures is a hands-on traveling collection of rare and special literary artifacts which participants can touch or feel.  This…

Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die

Wed, Jan 25, 6:30 P.M.

Irene Levy Baker will introduce her book, "100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die."  It includes tried and true…

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period for 2016-2017

Thu, Jan 26, 10:30 A.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! …

Wooden Block Party!

Sat, Mar 4, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a Wooden Block Party at the library!  Children, and their caregivers are encouraged to build, create and play.  Program is…

Wooden Block Party!

Sat, Apr 1, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a Wooden Block Party at the library!  Children, and their caregivers are encouraged to build, create and play.  Program is…

Wooden Block Party!

Sat, May 13, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a Wooden Block Party at the library!  Children, and their caregivers are encouraged to build, create and play.  Program is…

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About

Serving the Holmesburg and Mayfair communities.

History

In 1682, Thomas Holme was granted 1,646 acres in Lower Dublin as payment for his service as William Penn's surveyor-general. At one time the village was called Washington, but when some of Thomas Holme's relatives decided to sell some land, they advertised it as being in "Holmesburg."

The branch also serves the Mayfair section, which was developed in the 1920's and took its name from a resident who wanted to form a civic association. He said, "We may fare well if we get behind this community and push so why not call it Mayfair."

The Holmesburg Branch was founded in 1867 as the Holmesburg Reading Room and Library Association, a subscription library. In 1880, it was transferred to the trustees of the Lower Dublin Academy and was referred to as the Thomas Holme Free Library.

In 1899, an agreement between the academy trustees and the Free Library of Philadelphia established the Thomas Holme Branch, which opened in 1900 in the Atheneum, 8000 Frankford Ave. In 1906, the Trustees of the Lower Dublin Academy donated land and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated funds for a new library, which opened on June 26, 1907. The library was renovated in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and added Internet service.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 28, 66