Kingsessing Library

Wednesday, January 27 – Message from Staff

The Kingsessing Library is currently closed for public entry. We are doing materials pick-up at the library door. Call for latest hours and for answers to any questions – (215) 685-2690.  Parents and families wanting a selection of children’s books can fill out this form and have a bundle of books made available for pick up.

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

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 2 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 4 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Services By Appointment



  • Book drop box
  • Street parking (free)

Upcoming Events

Spotted Lantern Fly Egg Mass Removal Demonstration

Thu, March 11, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Join us outside or on FB Live to learn about this invasive species, recognize egg masses, and see a demonstration on how to remove egg masses from trees in your community before the insects hatch this Spring.  Please wear a mask and maintain social distance if joining us in person outside…

Invasive Species Outdoor Craft

Thu, March 11, 2021 4:30 P.M.

Teachers from Bartram’s Garden will lead a lesson and craft on invasive species. This will take place outside, in front of the library. When you join us please wear a mask and maintain social distance from those not in your household.


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.