Kingsessing Library

1201 South 51st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353
(5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues)

Closed Today

Sunday, 9/17 Closed
Monday, 9/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/19 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 9/23 Closed
  • * Friday had hour changes – Due to staff meeting.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Sep. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Handicapped accessible


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Upcoming Events

Couponing 101

Mon, Sep 25, 1:00 P.M.

Find out how much you can save with a few couponing tricks! With the increased cost of living, it is more important than ever to find smart…

Miss Mary’s Crochet Club

Wed, Sep 27, 4:00 P.M.

Miss Mary will teach school-age children the basics of crocheting.

Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Thu, Sep 28, 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a celebration of poetry for seniors and the community at Kingsessing Library! Eugene Carrington will be reading and signing his book,…

Compassionate Care Hospice Presentation

Mon, Oct 2, 1:00 P.M.

Join the Friends of the Kingsessing Library to learn about compassionate care, hospice care, and the grieving process.

Senior Advocate Outreach Program

Mon, Oct 9, 1:00 P.M.

The Senior Advocate Outreach Program (SAOP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping senior citizens and those with disabilities. Mr.…

Securing Her Experiences

Sat, Oct 14, 11:00 A.M.

Securing Her Experiences Inc. (S.H.E.) will be hosting a leadership development and mentoring workshop for girls in grades K-8.

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Located nearbythe Kingsessing Recreation Center, this branch serves the Kingsessing neighborhood. The building is a half block south of Chester Avenue.


Kingsessing gets its name from the Indian word Chincessing, meaning "bog meadow" or "place of the big shells." This name was applied by the Dutch and the Swedes to the whole region along the west bank of the lower Schuylkill River. First officially mentioned in 1667, Kingsessing was the first village within the territory of Philadelphia.

The township of Kingsessing became a part of Philadelphia in 1854. At that time, the Belmont Cricket Club Playing Field occupied the land on which the library and recreation center now sit.

Kingsessing Branch opened on November 29, 1919, the 22nd library in Philadelphia to be constructed with Carnegie funds. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.

While you're in the neighborhood, you can visit Bartram's Garden at 54th and Lindbergh Boulevard. Established by John Bartram in 1730, it’s now the oldest botanical garden in the country.