Kingsessing Library

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

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

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., Jan. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 26 : 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

Everybody Ready 3.0

Tue, Feb 6, 4:00 P.M.

Personal Preparedness Training for Philadelphia Community Members This 2-hour, interactive training is being offered by the Philadelphia…

Everybody Ready 3.0

Wed, Feb 7, 11:00 A.M.

Personal Preparedness Training for Philadelphia Community Members This 2-hour, interactive training is being offered by the Philadelphia…

Out of Africa

Fri, Feb 9, 10:30 A.M.

Come enjoy the wit and wisdom of African and African-American folktales.  

Around the Table

Thu, Feb 22, 3:30 P.M.

Taking inspiration from the traditions of family reunions celebrated in This Is the Rope, participants will make reusable placemats and hear…

Bugging Out and Other Natural Sciences

Mon, Apr 23, 3:30 P.M.

Children and families are invited to an interactive hands-on natural science program, presented by educators from Bartram’s Gardens.

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.