Lawncrest Library

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


The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday. Fall hours begin September 22.

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

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. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Family Preschool Storytime

Mon, Jul 16, 10:30 A.M.

Stories, Music, and Movement for children ages 2-5 and their caretakers. Day Care and Preschool Groups must contact the librarian for individual…

Movie Madness

Mon, Jul 16, 12:00 P.M.

Family friendly films for viewers of all ages! 

Teen Tuesday

Tue, Jul 17, 1:00 P.M.

Make stuff, do things, play games, and hang out! Snacks may be provided. For grades 7 and up.

Coffee Klatch

Fri, Jul 20, 10:30 A.M.

Casual meet-up for adult readers. Enjoy coffee and light snacks as you talk about books, get recommendations, and socialize. 

Builders Club

Fri, Jul 20, 3:00 P.M.

Build with LEGOS, MagnaTiles, wood blocks, and more. For ages 2-12.

Family Preschool Storytime

Mon, Jul 23, 10:30 A.M.

Stories, Music, and Movement for children ages 2-5 and their caretakers. Day Care and Preschool Groups must contact the librarian for individual…

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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.