Kingsessing Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 5/20 Closed
Monday, 5/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/22 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/24 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 5/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/26 Closed
  • * Thursday had 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 28 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 23 : 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)

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Upcoming Events

Healthy Cooking Workshop

Tue, May 29, 1:30 P.M.

Join the Food Trust for a series of free healthy cooking workshops that includes: Low-cost Cooking Ideas Nutrition Tips Food Tastings Giveaways…

Healthy Cooking Workshop

Tue, Jun 5, 1:30 P.M.

Join the Food Trust for a series of free healthy cooking workshops that includes: Low-cost Cooking Ideas Nutrition Tips Food Tastings Giveaways…

Healthy Cooking Workshop

Tue, Jun 12, 1:30 P.M.

Join the Food Trust for a series of free healthy cooking workshops that includes: Low-cost Cooking Ideas Nutrition Tips Food Tastings Giveaways…

Pajama Storytime

Tue, Jun 12, 5:45 P.M.

A special guest will be visiting on June 12th, bring your camera for a photo opportunity.

Slime Time

Wed, Jun 13, 11:00 A.M.

Slime lab for kids ages 7 to 11. Call to pre-register, space is limited.

Crafty Kids

Wed, Jun 13, 2:00 P.M.

Art activities for children.

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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.