Kingsessing Library

1201 South 51st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353
5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Upcoming Events

Free COVID-19 Testing

Tue, August 3, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Staff from Drexel University’s College of Medicine will be providing free Rapid Antigen COVID-19 testing outdoors in front of the library from 2:00-4:00 p.m. every Tuesday, open to anyone 8…

Free COVID-19 Testing

Tue, August 10, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Staff from Drexel University’s College of Medicine will be providing free Rapid Antigen COVID-19 testing outdoors in front of the library from 2:00-4:00 p.m. every Tuesday, open to anyone 8…

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Sat, August 14, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Ms. Rachel will be providing socially distanced outdoor storytimes for children aged 0-24 months on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Parents and caregivers are asked to wear masks & socially…

What You Need to Know About Housing Law: For Renters

Mon, August 16, 2021 6:00 P.M.

The impact of evictions is obvious in a pandemic: people kicked out of their house can’t stay safe or quarantine at home. But an eviction is always a public health hazard with devastating…

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.