Katharine Drexel Library

11099 Knights Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-3516
Knights & Fairdale Rds.
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/26 Closed
Monday, 5/27 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 5/28 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/29 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Thursday, 5/30 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/31 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/1 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Memorial Day
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jun. 20 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 18 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

PA CareerLinkĀ® Job Search Assistance

Fri, May 31, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with résumé development, career…

"The Watermelon Woman" Film Screening

Mon, June 3, 2024 5:00 P.M.

Celebrate Pride Month!  Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared…

The Center for Aquatic Sciences: Who Lives Where?

Tue, June 4, 2024 5:30 P.M.

Meet animals from the Center for Aquatic Sciences! Does it live in a tree or burrow underground? Learn about the best habitats and resources needed to survive in the wild. All ages are welcome,…

"Desert Hearts" Film Screening

Mon, June 10, 2024 5:00 P.M.

Celebrate Pride Month!  While waiting for her divorce papers, a repressed professor of literature is unexpectedly seduced by a carefree, spirited young lesbian.

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.