Holmesburg Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 20 : 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

One Book Every Young Child Storytime

Fri, Apr 28, 10:00 A.M.

Join your children's librarian for a special storytime featuring Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer, the 2017 One Book, Every Young Child…

Insectarium Traveling Show

Sat, Apr 29, 2:00 P.M.

The Philadelphia & Butterfly Pavilion is having a traveling show at the Holmesburg Library.  Come see live insects including a pop-up…

Learn Photography

Mon, May 8, 5:30 P.M.

Learn about Camera Types, Photography basics, f-stops, composing photographs, moving photos from your camera to your computer, and much more. This…

Friends of Holmesburg Library Book & Bake Sale

Sat, May 13, 11:00 A.M.

Buy all kinds of used books at very low prices 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We will also have baked goods for sale!  Proceeds support the…

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…

Learn Photography

Mon, May 15, 5:30 P.M.

Learn about Camera Types, Photography basics, f-stops, composing photographs, moving photos from your camera to your computer, and much more. This…

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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.