Kingsessing Library

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

Open today until 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Oct. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Mon., Nov. 12 : Closed Veterans Day (Observed)
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas 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, Oct 24, 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 by!

This Is What Democracy Reads Like: A Conversation with Wilson Goode

Thu, Oct 25, 6:00 P.M.

Join a conversation with the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, about his new book  Black Voters Mattered: A…

Crochet Club

Sat, Oct 27, 1:30 P.M.

Come experience the joy of crochet. Whether you’re a beginner or have been crocheting for years, you’ll have fun in this club led by a…

Storytime!

Wed, Oct 31, 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 by!

Heavy: An American Memoir

Thu, Nov 1, 5:45 P.M.

Don't miss genre-bending author Kiese Laymon speak about his powerful and provocative memoir, exploring what the weight of a lifetime of…

Crochet Club

Sat, Nov 3, 1:30 P.M.

Come experience the joy of crochet. Whether you’re a beginner or have been crocheting for years, you’ll have fun in this club led by a…

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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.