The Kingsessing Library will be closed through April 1, 2017. Due to installation of new flooring. During this time we encourage you to visit the following nearby libraries:

Kingsessing Library

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

Kingsessing Library will be temporarily closed for building repairs beginning on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Please visit these neighboring branches while we are closed:

Paschalville Library
6942 Woodland Avenue, 19142 (70th St. & Woodland Ave.) | 215-685-2662
All branch holds will be available for pick-up at Paschalville Library.
Hours: Monday and Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday | 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday | 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Walnut Street West Library
201 South 40th Street, 19104 (40th & Walnut Sts.) | 215-685-7671
Hours: Monday and Wednesday | 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday | 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Sunday | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We will open the library on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for a special event at 11:00 a.m. Kingsessing Community Discussion on Housing Issues. Presented by The Fontaine Society

Library is temporarily closed.

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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.