Kingsessing Library

1201 South 51st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353
(5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues)
215-685-2690

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/22 Closed
Monday, 10/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/24 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/26 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
Friday, 10/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Oct. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Dec. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • 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

Spooky Tales

Wed, Oct 25, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for creepy stories. Children and caregivers may wear costumes.

CareerLink Workshop

Thu, Oct 26, 11:00 A.M.

Build Your Job Skills, Find a Career! Sign up with a certified PA CareerLink Navigator to develop your resume, search for jobs, learn about job…

CareerLink Workshop

Fri, Oct 27, 11:00 A.M.

Build Your Job Skills, Find a Career! Sign up with a certified PA CareerLink Navigator to develop your resume, search for jobs, learn about job…

Dismantling Internalized Racism in African American Communities

Sat, Oct 28, 1:00 P.M.

Join the Friends of the Kingsessing Library for discussion and short documentaries on "Dismantling Internalized Racism in African American…

Spooky Stories and Haunted Health Fair

Tue, Oct 31, 4:00 P.M.

Join Kingsessing Staff and Penn School of Nursing for a healthy twist on Halloween.

Native American Storytime

Fri, Nov 17, 10:30 A.M.

Stories of tricksters and cleverness as told in tribal folktales.

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About

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

History

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.