Kingsessing Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/19 Closed
Monday, 2/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/23 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 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
  • * 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

  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 23: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 23: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
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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

Healthy Cooking Workshop sponsored by the Food Trust

Wed, Feb 22, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a FREE six week nutrition and cooking workshop presented by the Food Trust. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30…

Out of Africa

Fri, Feb 24, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for fun program featuring African Folktales.  Folktales can be a simple story that can be instructive about life choices and social…

What’s Your Pattern? Fingerprinting and Forensic Science

Tue, Feb 28, 3:30 P.M.

Discover how different you are. Learn about arches, loops, and whorls and how fingerprints are used to catch criminals. Investigate the first…

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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 12, 52, 64, G
Subway/Surface: 11, 13, 34, 36
Regional Rail: R3