Katharine Drexel Library

11099 Knights Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-3516
(Knights & Fairdale Rds.)
215-685-9383

The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday. Fall hours begin September 22.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 8/12 Closed
Monday, 8/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 8/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/18 Closed
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
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

  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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Photo of Katharine Drexel Library

Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Sep 4, 11:30 A.M.

Join us for Back To School stories and songs for preschool children aged 2 to 5 years old, and their adult caregivers.

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Sep 11, 11:30 A.M.

Join us for Back To School stories and songs for preschool children aged 2 to 5 years old, and their adult caregivers.

Please Eat the Daisies

Mon, Sep 17, 6:30 P.M.

Want to wow your guests at your next gathering? Learn how to make these creative and fun edible Vegetable and Fruit Centerpieces!…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Sep 18, 11:30 A.M.

Join us for Back To School stories and songs for preschool children aged 2 to 5 years old, and their adult caregivers.

About

Located near the Franklin Mills Mall, this branch serves the communities of Normandy, North and West Torresdale, Morrell Park, Millbrook, Parkwood, Crestmont Farms,

History

As late as the 1950's, the area served by the Katharine Drexel Branch was mostly lush farmland and open space. This otherwise unremarkable rural area was the birthplace of Benjamin Rush, the renowned Revolutionary War physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

In 1954, the city opened the area to development, and the rapid construction of housing followed, transforming the area into typical Philadelphia neighborhoods of row homes, recreation centers and schools. 1989 saw the opening of the Franklin Mills Mall, the largest privately financed project in city history.

The Katharine Drexel branch of the Free Library opened its doors on September 24, 1969. There were so many requests for books and information that it was impossible to count them accurately.

The branch was dedicated in November of that same year to Mary Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia heiress who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order devoted to the education of African American and Native American children. Mother Drexel was named a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on October 1, 2000. Look for her portrait in the entrance of the branch.

Also look for the teakwood sculpture, The Reading Bench by Evelyn Keyser. In a tribute to the Free Library’s commitment to literacy, this work depicts a mother and child reading together.

The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.