Kingsessing Library

1201 South 51st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353
(5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues)
215-685-2690

Closed Today

Sunday, 4/23 Closed
Monday, 4/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/25 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/27 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
Friday, 4/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4/29 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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., Apr. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., May. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Handicapped accessible

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Upcoming Events

Grossology!

Mon, Apr 24, 3:00 P.M.

Join us in an interactive presentation on grossology, a close look at the slimy, gooey, and stinky things in life. Brought to you by our…

Science After School

Tue, Apr 25, 3:30 P.M.

Science comes to your neighborhood as the city's most engaging experts visit your library to lead free STEM programs after school.

English as a Second Language

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

FREE English as a Second Language CLASSES Join us for an 8 week course for non-native English speakers provided at no cost by West Philadelphia…

District Attorney Candidates Forum

Wed, Apr 26, 6:00 P.M.

The Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of Neighbors in collaboration with Vote The Odds is moderating a District Attorney Candidates Forum.

English as a Second Language

Sat, Apr 29, 3:00 P.M.

FREE English as a Second Language CLASSES Join us for an 8 week course for non-native English speakers provided at no cost by West Philadelphia…

English as a Second Language

Wed, May 3, 4:30 P.M.

FREE English as a Second Language CLASSES Join us for an 8 week course for non-native English speakers provided at no cost by West Philadelphia…

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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.