Holmesburg Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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

  • 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.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 19 : 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

Preschool Storytime!

Fri, Jul 28, 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…

Martial Arts Demonstration

Tue, Aug 1, 2:30 P.M.

Interested in learning about Martial Arts? Instructors will be here to answer any questions.

Friends’ Family Night in the Garden

Wed, Aug 2, 5:30 P.M.

Enjoy an evening of fun outside!  Bring a blanket and mingle with friends, get your face painted, do an art activity and enjoy refreshments…

Friends’ Family Night: stories in the Children’s Reading Garden

Wed, Aug 2, 5:45 P.M.

Listen to stories in the Children’s Reading Garden

Friends’ Family Night : Marian and Friends Ventriloquist Show

Wed, Aug 2, 6:00 P.M.

Enjoy Marian and Friends Ventriloquist Show

Wooden Block Party!

Fri, Aug 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…

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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.