Lawncrest Library

6098 Rising Sun Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-6009
(Rising Sun Ave. & Comly Street)

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Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible


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Upcoming Events

Teen Time Thursdays

Thu, Jul 27, 2:00 P.M.

Join us on Thursdays this summer to play games, make stuff, watch things or just hang out. Light snacks may be provided. For grades 7 and up.

Teen Books and the Immigrant Experience

Tue, Aug 1, 4:00 P.M.

How are the experiences of immigrant and first-generation teens portrayed in modern YA literature? How do their experiences relate to what you and…

Teen Time Thursdays

Thu, Aug 3, 2:00 P.M.

Join us on Thursdays this summer to play games, make stuff, watch things or just hang out. Light snacks may be provided. For grades 7 and up.

Brown Bag Book Chat

Fri, Aug 4, 12:00 P.M.

Casual meet-up for avid readers! Bring your own lunch and hear about new books, rant or rave about something you've read recently, get…

Craft Circle

Tue, Aug 15, 6:00 P.M.

Do you knit or crochet? Cross-stitch, quilt or indulge in some other crafty hobby? Bring in your own projects and chat with your fellow artisans…

You Can Quit Smoking!

Tue, Sep 12, 1:00 P.M.

If you are ready to gain control and stop smoking, we are here to help! This 4-week program is offered by the Fox Chase Cancer Center and will…

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This branch serves the communities of Lawndale, Crescentville, Lawncrest, and Cedar Grove.


The neighborhood of Lawndale was named after Lawndale and Company, a turn-of-the-century developer. Crescentville was named for the Crescent Factory, an early 19th-century rope plant. The whole region was once in Oxford Township, and became part of the city in 1854.

The Lawncrest branch came into being as the result of activism by a small number of concerned citizens. In March 1957, Mildred Pruitt launched a campaign to get a branch library constructed for the Lawndale and Crescentville sections of northeast Philadelphia. Library service in these communities was limited to weekly visits by the bookmobile. Students were forced to rely on the heavily used Greater Olney and Bushrod branches to complete school assignments and research.

Pruitt organized community meetings, started a petition drive at neighborhood schools and businesses, and founded the Lawn-Crest Library Association. The name of this group reflected the needs of both neighborhoods for full-time library service.

In April 1957, Free Library Director Emerson Greenaway addressed representatives of neighborhood civic groups at the Lawncrest Recreation Center. He outlined the steps needed to get a new library built. In May 1957, the library submitted a plan to build a new branch in Lawndale.

The Planning Commission turned down the library's proposal for the 1958 capital budget; instead recommending that funds be allocated from the 1961 capital budget with construction to begin in 1963. Through the intervention of Councilman John M. McDevitt, City Council nevertheless allocated funds for the proposed branch library from the 1958 capital budget. Construction began in August, 1960.

The Lawncrest Branch library opened its doors on September 18, 1961.The site chosen for the branch was city-owned land adjacent to the Lawncrest Recreation Center on Rising Sun Avenue at Comly Street.

The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.