Katharine Drexel Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/19 Closed
Monday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' Day
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

  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 16: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 20: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Fun With Blocks!

Thu, Feb 23, 10:30 A.M.

What can you build with wooden blocks? Come find out at this wooden block party! Listen to stories and socialize while building.  This…

Create a Spice Blend

Wed, Mar 1, 6:30 P.M.

Math in everyday life is an important theme in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Using the mathematical concept of ratios,…

Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Thu, Mar 2, 10:30 A.M.

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with us!  Enjoy stories and a coloring craft. 

Celebrate St. Patty's Day with an Evening of Irish Music

Mon, Mar 13, 6:00 P.M.

Guitarist and singer, Cletus McBride will entertain with Irish favorites. Space may be limited.

Moving Forward to Successful Aging

Thu, Mar 16, 2:30 P.M.

Focussing on the fact that how we live can affect our lives and longevity in a positive (or negative) manner, authors John Rowe and Robert Kahn…

E-book Workshop

Tue, Mar 21, 11:30 A.M.

Learn how easy it is to start enjoying E-books!  Bring your dedicated e-reader and learn how to access, and start downloading free E-books…

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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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 67, 84 (board at Bridge Street) Commuter Train: R7-Trenton Local (Torresdale Station) transfer to Rt. 84