Lawncrest Library

6098 Rising Sun Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-6009
(Rising Sun Ave. & Comly Street)
215-685-0549

Spread the word! Online surveys for the Lawncrest Community regarding Rebuild improvements to the Recreation Center and Library are now live!” 

The improvements coming to Lawncrest will include critical building upgrades and other improvements based on resident input. Please take a few moments to complete this online survey, which is one of many tools that will help us understand how and why people are using or not using these spaces, as well as what hopes and desires the community may have for the renovations. Follow the hyperlinks below to access the surveys. When you’re all done, help us spread the word by sharing the links on social media!

https://forms.gle/SD8upAZsyTt1nBSq5

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/19 Closed
Monday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/21 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.*
Thursday, 1/23 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Friday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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Photo of Lawncrest Library

Facilities

  • 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

One Book Film Screening: Barking Water

Sat, Jan 25, 2:00 P.M.

Hoping to see his estranged daughter and grandchild, a terminally ill man embarks on a road trip with his former lover in this delicate and moving…

Philly Reading Coaches

Tue, Jan 28, 4:00 P.M.

Philly Reading Coaches   Tuesdays and Thursdays Beginning October 1 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.   1-1 reading sessions with Philly Reading…

Learn to Speak English

Tue, Jan 28, 6:00 P.M.

Free English as a Second Language classes for adults!  Learn English for conversation, reading, and writing.    Classes meet…

Philly Reading Coaches

Thu, Jan 30, 4:00 P.M.

Philly Reading Coaches   Tuesdays and Thursdays Beginning October 1 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.   1-1 reading sessions with Philly Reading…

Learn to Speak English

Thu, Jan 30, 6:00 P.M.

Free English as a Second Language classes for adults!  Learn English for conversation, reading, and writing.    Classes meet…

Nurturing Parenting

Fri, Jan 31, 10:15 A.M.

    Nurturing Parenting An initiative that helps build nurturing relationships between parents and children. Presented by Concilio…

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About

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

History

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.