Holmesburg Library

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

Closed Today

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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Dec. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 24 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Dec. 31 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
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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

CareerLink Job Searching

Tue, Dec 10, 1:00 P.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one? Stop in to see CareerLink! Browse jobs, create a resume, and apply. 1PM - 3PM

Meet Santa!

Wed, Dec 11, 5:00 P.M.

Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies, and make and take holiday crafts while you wait. Don't forget your camera!  From 5:00 - 7:30 PM.  …

Manga/Anime Club

Thu, Dec 12, 4:00 P.M.

Manga/Anime Club Come to the first meeting of the Holmesburg Library’s new anime/manga club. We’ll be watching some great anime. Bring…

CareerLink Job Searching

Tue, Dec 17, 1:00 P.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one? Stop in to see CareerLink! Browse jobs, create a resume, and apply. 1PM - 3PM

Poetry Club

Wed, Dec 18, 6:30 P.M.

Come join us for our brand new POETRY CLUB! Share your favorite poem, or share one that you created.This program is for adults.

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.