Lillian Marrero Library

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
(6th St. & Lehigh Ave.)
215-685-9794

Open today until 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Aug. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Book drop box
  • Computer lab
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking (free)
  • Study rooms
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Family Matters Podcasting Series: Artversations

Wed, May 22, 5:00 P.M.

A safe place for women and men to paint and discuss self-love, healing, and liberation in separate spaces. Join us for a series of programs that…

Strength Training/ Ejercicios De Fortalecimiento

Sat, May 25, 12:00 P.M.

Gentle, energizing movements to help increase strength and improve balance.  Movimientos energéticos y ligros que le ayudan a aumentar…

Family Matters Podcasting Series: Bridging the Gap

Wed, May 29, 5:00 P.M.

Play a series of games centered on communication and that allow young people and adults to build stronger connections. Join us for a series of…

Teen Virtual Reality

Wed, Jun 5, 1:00 P.M.

Are you looking for some fun things to do this summer? Come and check out our weekly line up of Wednesday afternoon activities just for teens.

Family Matters Podcasting Series: My Lillian Marrero Family Matters

Wed, Jun 5, 5:00 P.M.

An intergenerational learning experience for all Lillian Marrero guests. Join us for a series of programs that will explore culture and family…

Think + Share + Be

Mon, Jun 10, 12:30 P.M.

Join us on as we take time to sit + be still with our thoughts as well as share + reflect on our thoughts and feelings. 

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About

¡ Bienvenido! The Lillian Marrero Branch is your Library, featuring books, DVDs, CDs, computer classes, free wi-fi, job search workshops and programs for children. It serves the communities of Central North Philadelphia, Fairhill, St. Edwards/Hartranft, and West Kensington ¡Libros en español!

History

This neighborhood developed in the 19th century as a region of multiplying industry. Hardwick and Magee had a carpet mill at 7th and Lehigh. The world-famous Stetson Hat Factory at 5th and Montgomery, which closed in 1971, was once the city's largest employer. However, as early as the late 1930's, the area's industry started to move south and jobs disappeared.

The Lehigh Avenue Branch of the Free Library, built with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, opened on November 20, 1906. Within a few days, the neighborhood children had "practically wiped the children's department out of existence" by checking out so many books. At the time, this white limestone Grecian-style building was the largest library in Pennsylvania, and the large lecture hall in the basement was used for lectures and story hours.

The branch was saved from a planned relocation in the mid-sixties and was instead rehabilitated in 1967, and again in 1997 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library. During this renovation, the original chandeliers were refurbished.