Holmesburg Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

7810 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-3013
Frankford Ave. & Hartel St.
Open today until 8:00 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., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Services By Appointment



  • 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)

Upcoming Events

Holmesburg Anime Club

Thu, October 21, 2021 4:00 P.M.

After a long hiatus, the Holmesburg Anime Club will return with a host of spooky shows. There will be candy. Limited to 9 people. Masks are required.

Storytime with Mr. Paul

Fri, October 22, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Mr. Paul will be reading: Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin  and then talk about bats from the Exploring Mammals encyclopedia.

CareerLinkĀ® Job Search Help

Tue, October 26, 2021 1:30 P.M.

Looking for a Job? Need to update your resume? Learn how to apply for jobs online Learn about resources PA CareerLink®  has to offer from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. 

Virtual-Holmesburg Library Book Club

Mon, November 1, 2021 6:30 P.M.

Holmesburg Library Book Club Location: Holmesburg Library and Virtual   The Holmesburg Library's Book Club meets every two weeks on Monday night at 6:30PM. Join us for a lively discussion…


Serving the Holmesburg and Mayfair communities.


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.