Holmesburg Library

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

The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday.

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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

  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

We Are Inventors

Tue, Jun 27, 2:30 P.M.

We are inventors and will make our own lip balm.

Weekly Crafts

Wed, Jun 28, 3:00 P.M.

Join us for weekly crafts this summer. For school-aged children. Please sign up for this program with the children's librarian as space is…

Breast Health Information for All

Wed, Jun 28, 6:30 P.M.

A representative from the Linda Creed Breast Cancer organization will host an informative presentation on breast health for all, including…

Preschool Storytime!

Fri, Jun 30, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays!  For preschool children accompanied by an adult.  Groups are welcome, but must call in…

Weekly Crafts

Wed, Jul 5, 3:00 P.M.

Join us for weekly crafts this summer. For school-aged children. Please sign up for this program with the children's librarian as space is limited.

Preschool Storytime!

Fri, Jul 7, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays!  For preschool children accompanied by an adult.  Groups are welcome, but must call in…

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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.