Kingsessing Library

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

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

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

  • Thu., Oct. 27: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 17: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 22: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

Precious Rubies Boot Camp: Debt Free

Sat, Oct 22, 12:00 P.M.

Want to be debt free? Join Rachael Hanible for a workshop on tackling debt.  This session is part of the Precious Rubies Boot Camp, a series…


Sat, Oct 22, 2:00 P.M.

Calling all LEGO builders! You are invited to join the LEGO club. We provide the bricks and you bring your imagination.

Beginner Reading Classes for Adults

Tue, Oct 25, 11:00 A.M.

The Friends of Kingsessing Library sponsor an Adult Beginners Reading Class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  New students must call…

Health Workshop

Tue, Oct 25, 12:00 P.M.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing presents information on various health concerns affecting community members. Free blood…

Minor Threats Chess Club

Tue, Oct 25, 4:30 P.M.

The Minor Threats Chess Club for students ages 7 to 17, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, email

Drivers Manual Training

Wed, Oct 26, 4:30 P.M.

Getting ready for your driver’s permit or driver’s license test can be overwhelming.  Join us for a Drivers Manual training session.…

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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. Also of interest is the Satterlee Military Hospital at 45th and Baltimore Avenue. Built before the Civil War, it was once the largest military hospital in the world.

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