Lawncrest Library

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6098 Rising Sun Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-6009
Rising Sun Ave. & Comly Street
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 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., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Baby changing station
  • Change machine

Upcoming Events

Free COVID Vaccine Clinic

Wed, October 27, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Join us COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic administered by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Pfizer (2 doses for ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (1 dose for ages 18+) Wednesdays, October 6th…

Teen Advisory Council Pizza Party kickoff

Thu, October 28, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Lawncrest Library invites students from 7th–12th grade to join us as we start designing our brand-new teen space and dreaming up fun programming. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be…

Free COVID Vaccine Clinic

Wed, November 3, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Join us COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic administered by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Pfizer (2 doses for ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (1 dose for ages 18+) Wednesdays, October 6th…

Free COVID Vaccine Clinic

Wed, November 10, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Join us COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic administered by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Pfizer (2 doses for ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (1 dose for ages 18+) Wednesdays, October 6th…

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.