Kingsessing Library

1201 South 51st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-4353
5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues
Open today until 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 22 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
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Upcoming Events

Read Baby Read Storytime

Wed, August 17, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Storytime for babies and toddlers aged 0-24 months. Ms. Rachel will lead us in stories, songs, tickles & bounces. Big siblings can join as we learn fun early literacy activities to share with…

Read with a Therapy Dog

Wed, August 17, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Young readers are invited to share stories with Cene, a local certified therapy dog. Children can take turns reading aloud in a judgment free space. Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied…

PA CareerLinkĀ® Job Search Assistance

Thu, August 18, 2022 11:00 A.M.

PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with…

Outdoor Read Baby Read Dance Party

Thu, August 18, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Shake your nap time sleepies out with beats from Wee Nation Radio. Ms. Rachel will provide a short story, followed by music and baby instruments to jam along. In the case of inclement weather,…


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.