Kingsessing Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Sep. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 24 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving 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)

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Upcoming Events

Storytime!

Wed, Sep 18, 10:30 A.M.

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for storytime! Children aged 3-5 and their grownups are welcome – no sign up required. Just drop on…

Know Your Courts-Family Court

Thu, Sep 19, 5:30 P.M.

Court rules and processes are often intimidating and unfamiliar. Gain an understanding of Dependency, Child Custody, and Child Support, court…

The Immigration Paradox: A Screening & Discussion

Sat, Sep 21, 2:00 P.M.

Join us to watch this documentary, which attempts to understand why people would risk their lives to come to the U.S. and why others would try to…

Storytime!

Wed, Sep 25, 10:30 A.M.

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for storytime! Children aged 3-5 and their grownups are welcome – no sign up required. Just drop on…

Storytime!

Wed, Oct 2, 10:30 A.M.

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for storytime! Children aged 3-5 and their grownups are welcome – no sign up required. Just drop on…

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.