Kingsessing Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Wednesday, May 5 – Message from Staff

Kingsessing Library is temporarily closed to the public.  While our building remains closed, we will be offering contactless materials pickup and returns.  Our programs are proceeding virtually and our award-winning digital resources are available 24/7.

Parents and families wanting a selection of books for a child can fill out this form https://tinyurl.com/kngbooks and have a bundle of books made available for pick up once we return to materials pickup.

Join us for upcomming outdoor Rebuild Kick-Off! celebration on May 26th (rain date May 27th) and Summer of Wonder Block Party on June 4th! 

Thank you for your continued support.

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

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Street parking (free)

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Sat, May 8, 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…

Outdoor Big Kid Storytime

Sat, May 22, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Ms. Rachel will be providing outdoor, socially distanced storytimes for children aged 2-5 on the 4th Saturday of the month. All members of the family who are able are encouraged to wear a mask and…

Kingsessing Library Summer Kick-Off

Fri, June 4, 2021 5:00 P.M.

Start the summer off with a blast at this outdoor party for all ages with music, dancing, food, give-aways, and prizes! This will take place on the Rec Center grounds on the north side of the…

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Sat, June 12, 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…

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.