Kingsessing Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

1201 South 51st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353
5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
Monday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 5/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – due to staff development
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
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Upcoming Events

Art and Illustration Class

Mon, May 23, 2022 3:30 P.M.

The Kingsessing Library will host a free Art and Illustration class led by artist, Martha O’Connell. Participants will play with art materials and learn techniques in drawing, collage, and…

Teen Reading Lounge | Kingsessing

Tue, May 24, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design…

Grandparent/Grandchild Storytime

Wed, May 25, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Whether as an older Philadelphian you are the primary caregiver for a young child, or just like to babysit every now and again, this storytime will center your relationship with the child(ren) in…

In The Path of Islam: Exhibition of Calligraphy

Now through Wed, May 25, 2022 12:00 P.M.

In the Path of Islam  is a place to share the stories of Islam and celebrate Philadelphia's Muslim communities, with special emphasis on the voices of indigenous African-American…


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.